Martins to Manchester United – No Way

The Sun is reporting that the shock new name on Manchester United’s radar is Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins.

They go on to reveal Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has made enquiries about Martins as he bids to solve his early-season goalscoring crisis. Manchester United have only two points from their first 3 games and have scored just one goal.

How true is this story? It could be that Ferguson would like Martins but there’s no way at all he’ll get him.


Oba Martins – happy at Newcastle and negotiating a new 6 year contract

Now let’s think how much credibility does the Sun have with these stories? We would be kind if we said very little. Martins, 22, also told SunSport last weekend that he was ready to sign a six-year contract and remove that release clause from any new agreement with Newcastle.

Martins has also said how he not only loves playing for Sam Allardyce, but he loves most things at Newcastle, including the town. He is also loved by the Geordie fans as here is a player who has a good chance to become world class – and at Newcastle.

Add to this the fact that both Newcastle and Martins’ agents are working to give him a long term deal at Newcastle – maybe for as much as 6 years – already reported by SunSport, and this story makes no sense at all.

But when you are trying to sell newspapers with sensational headlines that have no substance – they don’t have to.

Comments very welcome.

60 comments so far

  • steve k

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    martins is not the kind of player ferguson would need to solve the striker gap he has up front. nicolas anelka is a much better fit.

  • Darren

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    **IF** Man Utd bid £13m for Martins then it is up to the player if he goes. He is a professional footballer, his head could be turned by Champions League football and Man Utd. Hopefully he won’t but not many people turn them down (even Shearer admitted he nearly went before the home town lure proved too much.)

  • Graham

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    The floods have gone, Britney and Paris Hilton have been quiet for a while, X factors only just begun – sun news is all very light at the minute.

    You can just imagine the sun reporters sitting around the table putting all of their collective 14 brain cells into use to think of something remotely interesting to write – after forgetting what they’ve written the previous week to contradict their outcome.

    in unrelated news mind – it seems that Fat Freddy has had enough and put his house up for sale – he’s not trying to raise some cash to buy a football club is he?

  • AndyW

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    I would agree Anelka is a better fit for Man U , but it can’t hurt Oba’s negotiations with the Toon to have this story floating about can it? (not wishing to be cynical of course, but I am SO sick of agents)

  • Midjew

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5

    COME ON!!! Its the Sun?????

    He WANTS to stay at Newcastle in this new era, NO WAY will he go.

  • George

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Whilst it is probably true that Man Utd need another striker, if Alex Ferguson thinks by telling the press first about who he wants and then contacing the club second is the right thing to do he is wrong and also shows he has the morals of Satan himself. Loud mouth has insisted Liverpool made an illegal approach to Hienze (and has reported them to the premiership) for the same as he is doing now. If it is true.
    Any way, if Oba wanted an insight to Man U, all he has to do is talk to Alan Smith, and he left because he did not get the chances to play regular football.
    So if Oba thinks sitting on the touch line waiting for Rooney and whoever to get injured before you can play is ok, he is not the person we were lead to believe. However, i think all in all, it is a story the SUN is spreading and we also know what PORKIES they tell.
    No i think Oba will be staying put.

  • Tony_D

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    If he does go there he will only play a few games, once Rooney is back Oba would be on the bench all the time.

  • Shaun

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    I just like the fact that Man U are struggling at the moment, after all the money they’ve spent do they realy need to Panic buy, well done to the Sun for the entertainment.

  • Jerry

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    If I were Oba, I would be thinking of jumping ship from NUFC. In his mind he must be thinking “Am I going to play when England’s favourite son, Michael is fully fit?” Its one thing warming the bench at Old Trafford, but warming the bench at NUFC?

    And to even think that Viduka is ahead of Martins and guaranteed a starting place!

  • Andreas

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #10

    @Jerry, “Am I going to play when England’s favourite son, Michael is fully fit?” Answer: “Yes I definetly will. Michael will of course also play but I intend to prove I’m the “1st little striker” at NUFC – for many years to come. Michael will have plenty of games when I am at ANC (alas, if he’s not injured that is).”

  • evil dick

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #11


  • Jerry

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Andreas I wish your answer was true. Do you really think NUFC have the stomach to put Michael Owen on the bench in place of Martins? The pressure, not to mention from the Press, will be so intense that Owen will play even if he’s totally crap!

  • Josh

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    The reason why the broadsheets are not reporting this is because it is obvious that the release clause is gone. If he actually did have a clause im sure there would have been a lot more action surrounding this player.

  • bob

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #14

    lol typical sun story absoloutely rubbish their football gossip is 99% untrue and they only have 1 gd page in the whole newspaper lol 😀

  • shaun D

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed- On one hand you say this story is rubbish coz it’s the Sun and then you say that Martin’s is signing a new six year contract as reported in the Sun, can’t pick and choose mate. I personally think there is nothing in the story but the fact is Ed if Man U pay £13 million of course they could get him given the clause. And if this was the case then it would be hard for the player to turn down. The real question is do man u want him and I think not. Try and stay objective

  • Bosck

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #16

    Jerry. Allardyce does not give a damn about reputations. If Oba is scoring and Owen isnt then Sam will play Martins, and wont give a damn what the press think.

    Besides who cares what the press think, most of them write drivel which is based on little fact and claim they are pundits, i would rather go with whichever decision sam allardyce makes as a top premiership manager.

  • Josh

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Shaun why dont you try to stay objective, you dont even know there is a clause. Notice how the Guardian stopped advertising him…

  • shaun D

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Josh – Sam even said there was a clause!! Nothing has been announced about him signing a new contract, therefore he still has one!

  • craig chisholm

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19

    another load of utter bollocks in the tabloids again i see. why go to manure when he can stay with us and become an icon. besides, you know how footy goes. i can feel a change in the wind now regarding the so called big four. there will be a change of the guard at the top. i think that arse are going to drop down to a top six side along with man utd and also maybe chelski. all it would take is for drogba to pack his bags and then cheski look alot more like a beatable team. liverpool are on the up along with everton and hopefully us. blackburn are improving and so are villa (as we just saw). who is to say that manure in the next season or so are going to be higher than us. esp once fergie leaves.

  • Fergie

    Aug 21, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #20

    going off on a tangent, we should be looking to sign Riquelme and i have thought so for a while now. The fact that Spurs are apparently interested is annoying me and i think it could be the best 10 million we ever invest if we were to go for him. Apparently he would need people around him who speak his language to help him settle in and in this case we have Enrique (former team mate at Villareal), Luque and Nobby (former Boca Juniors player). All in all if both ourselves and spurs were in for him, i would see that as an advantage, combined with the fact that Allardyce is very meticulous in helping foreign players settle in. I just don’t understand why we don’t go for him as we have practically every other type of midfielder apart from an out and out playmaker. He is the type of player we were screaming out for in the Villa game…

  • Barry Bumhead

    Aug 21, 2007 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #21

    What bothers me about the story is that the reporter of this article is Newcastle daft so I would not be suprised if there was some truth in this story.
    Maybe Sam plans on using Smith Viduka Ameobi and Owen as his strikers and wants to reshape the team using the Martins money.

    Thankfully, we will soon find out as this crappy transfer window closes soon.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 21, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Man U will go for an Anelka type player before Martins…….

    Additionally, when Man U get all of their players fit Martins would be lucky to sit on the bench; i.e. a reason why he left Inter for Newcastle as he wanted to play football.

    Martins is staying at Newcastle as he can see what BSA is building!

  • AndyW

    Aug 21, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Fergie – i wouldn’t count on Nobby being around for very long and I’m not sure Luque is the right person to convince anyone of the merits of living in the North East. Enrique hasn’t been here five minutes.

    Personally I think Riquelme would be an expensive luxury and doesn’t have the work ethic or backbone needed for the Premiership.

    Plus Sam could do a lot with that 10 million

  • Darren

    Aug 21, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Face facts – we are all biased towards NUFC. Martins isn’t, they are just his employers. If ManUre bid the 13m which activates the clause he will probably go.

    He’s not gonna stay ‘because he can see what BSA is building’ as some of you think, he’ll be off. Martins will be drawing his pension before NUFC gets anywhere near the size of MU, c’mon.

  • athol mcbride

    Aug 21, 2007 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #25

    oba will be one of the highest players ever at the toon,he wont be going to fergusons side,i agree anelka is more of a man u player as a stop gap anyway.

    hopefully this crap will stop soon,oba will be loaded and we will get the best out of the outstanding talent he has.

    lets face it,sam imo will fix our rocky ship and players like oba cant go,hes still young and learning,his team mates love him the crowd loves him,only the lure of silver would mebeez sway him,but as we all know the title is never in the pocket for any team now.even with injuries man u should have some good players as stop gaps instead of splashing out loads of coin on a player who will demand 1st team footy even when rooney n co are back.

  • Nixc

    Aug 21, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #26

    welcome Martins,The theatre of dreams allways offer the best,he will partner with Wazza upfront once he is fully fit.

  • DC

    Aug 21, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Its in the Chronicle aswell.. by you guessed it.. Anal Oliver! No quotes, just his “sources” again….

    I think its a load of shit tbh. But if it isnt, i hope he turns them down like Shearer. 😀 Hopefully Martins will stay as he has said hes happy here and doesnt want to leave, but it is Man Utd who are allegedely after him now……..

  • Josh

    Aug 21, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Shawn : Owen didn’t need to sign a new contract, the clause date was in his contract. Why should there be an announcement?

  • Josh

    Aug 21, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #29

    If you see substance in this story you are the type of idiot who probably reads the sun in the first place.

  • iain

    Aug 21, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #30

    martins is a good player, but funnily i think most of us agree that we cant see him fitting into man utds system.

    oba does drop deep quite a bit and likes to run with the ball, man utd with there formation already have tevez/rooney that do that in the 4231 formation.

    and imo they need a guy like anelka who is prepared to run in behind all day even if its for just one chance something oba doesnt do, and anelka is the more clinical finisher and better footballer, even if oba could potentially end up scoring more career goals than anelka.

    id be gutted big time to see oba go even more than owen, but then if sams going to play him wide in a 433 all the time i cant see the point in keeping him or owen for that matter as their wasted wide in 433.

  • shaun D

    Aug 21, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Josh – it’s “shaun” – muppet – I never said I agreed with the ‘sun’, again – muppet. I disagree with this part of the story “How true is this story? It could be that Ferguson would like Martins but there’s no way at all he’ll get him.”. In fact the opposite is true. Your grasp of the word objective seems non existent as does your ability or lack there of to read and interperet what is being said. Go back to school – that’s if you’re not already there – muppet. oh and the club would announce it if Martins signed a new contract as it would look rather good on their part. Owens’ clause expired, he did not get a new contract, Martins said he was looking at having a new contract which removed the clause. Anyway you’re boring me – get a brain

  • Josh

    Aug 21, 2007 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Maybe you are still at school, not only do you fall to personal insults (which shows u have no control in your argument) but you use the same one over and over again.

    Not only that but you presumed my last statement was aimed at you just so you could over-react!!! such levels of insecurity!!!. Sounds like you might have some of your own problems to deal with instead of writing on this website!

  • shaun D

    Aug 21, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Think it was you said first , by implication, I was probably an idiot. I rest my case. I’m not going to comment on the rest of your response because it rings of desperation.

  • Josh

    Aug 21, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Desparation is tchaikovskys 3rd piano concerto, you witless malcontent. MY comment merely suggested I look down on people who read tabloids, which is true. You can lie to me but not to yourself, thats all that matters.

  • Graham

    Aug 21, 2007 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Shaun, Josh – lets all be friends! I once read the sun too but i got over it. Now why dont you’s both calm down and take your calpol – its almost bedtime…

  • shaun D

    Aug 21, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Josh – You’ve gone from annoying to really rather funny. You’ve completely lost the plot ha ha. Oh and I said “desperation” as opposed to “desparation”. At what point have I lied!!? Maybe you should stick to your classical as you clearly know little about anything else!! Who are you to look down on anyone!! Sad. Josh your post said this: “If you see substance in this story you are the type of idiot who probably reads the sun in the first place”. Think you’re the one lying my friend. The funniest thing is I didn’t even say there was any substance!! I have now interest in arguing with you, however comical you may be. I only care about supporting NUFC and merely commented on the facts of the situation.

  • shaun D

    Aug 21, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Graham – Completely agree!

  • Graham

    Aug 21, 2007 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #38

    c’mon then Josh lets have ya!

  • Graham

    Aug 21, 2007 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #39

    Anyway Shaun, I was slated myself by josh on another page here today for merely suggesting that Ashley only bought NUFC for personal gain…

  • Graham

    Aug 21, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #40

    sorry, financial gain


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