Obafemi Martins has reportedly turned down a Â£13M switch to Arsenal to stay at Newcastle United.
Nigerian striker Martins was said to be a target of manager Arsene Wenger after Thierry Henry moved to Barcelona. The likelihood of a move increased when it emerged Martins has a Â£13M get-out clause in his Newcastle contract.
The news that Martins has rejected a move to Arsenal has been reported by at least Sky Sports and the Daily Express – but was not too widely reported. We wonder if there is any truth to this report?
This week a source said to be close to Martins revealed the striker loves life at St James’ Park – and is determined to stay.
â€œOba is going nowhere. He will be staying at Newcastle for at least this coming season and possibly the next.â€
Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce had said earlier this week:
â€œI have not spoken to Oba himself, only his representatives, who assure me there is nothing in it.â€œ
â€œBut while the window is open and when somebody has a get-out clause like he does, there is always a chance you might lose him. â€œYou hope that is not going to be the case, but you have to just keep your fingers crossed and hope it does not happen.â€
We’re not sure how true this story is â€“ but what does seem to be true is that Arsenal are not too interested in Martins. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is said to have launched a â‚¤15M bid for 25 year-old Rodrigo Palacio of Boca Juniors – although from what we know now – that may not be true either.
We’ve thought that Oba Martins was happy at Newcastle â€“ because he has said so a number of times. It certainly seems like Oba does not want to leave Newcastle and we’re fairly sure that no bid has been made by Arsenal – even though that has been reported.
Maybe that will be the end of the matter (we hope so) and we can now look forward to how many goals Martins will score for Newcastle next season -to go with the 17 he scored in his first season in the Premiership.