Oba Martins is one of a number of strikers attracting attention from Manchester United this week.
As well as having a number of injuries Manchester have only scored one goal in their first three games and are actively pursuing reinforcements.
Sam Allardyce confirmed yesterday that no club has attempted to activate the Â£13M release clause in Oba’s contract this summer.
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Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal today about the ongoing Martin’s saga:
â€œWe all know the situation regarding the clause in Obafemiâ€™s contract, but no one has enquired about activating it since Iâ€™ve been here,â€
â€œWeâ€™ve had a massive amount of speculation all summer, all through June, July and August, but not one football club has made contact with us saying.”
â€˜Weâ€™re going to activate the clauseâ€™. Manchester United are the same, theyâ€™ve made no contact whatsoever and heâ€™s still a Newcastle player.â€
Arsenal and Juventus are said to be among the clubs to have courted Martins this summer. Sam went on:
â€œThere has been speculation about Obafemi Martins every week since I joined Newcastle and heâ€™s still here.â€
â€œIâ€™ve had no contact from any football club either in this country or any country.”
“The only way he wouldnâ€™t be a Newcastle player (beyond next week) is if someone activates that clause. But no one has.â€
We don’t think that even if Manchester United table a bid, which is unlikely, it would necessarily be a good move for Oba. He wouldn’t get the same number of games at Manchester as at Newcastle â€“ once the injured players like Rooney are fit again. Martins has also already indicated he is very happy to play for Sam on Tyneside and has moved his mother, brothers and sisters to be with him at Newcastle.
â€œIt will be a source of comfort and relief because, from a managerâ€™s point of view, it means that no-one can take your player any more,â€
â€œWeâ€™ve had two players in that position, but I think by the end of the window, both of them will still be with us.â€
Michael Owen also has a well-publicized release clause included in his contract, although the 27-year-old seems certain to remain at St Jamesâ€™ Park. It will be a big relief when August 31st comes and goes and all this talk about release clauses in contracts is ended. Hopefully it will be the last time we ever hear of them because they certainly will not be included in any future contracts.
Newcastle are keen to offload Luque, though, and the player’s representatives have this week held detailed negotiations with Spainâ€™s Real Betis and their client is still a target for Dutch clubs PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and Feyenoord.
The big problem of course is Luque’s personal terms â€“ and that’s one of the problems Newcastle have got themselves into many times. By giving top terms to not necessarily players, who then don’t then perform, it’s then very hard to move them on during their contract. The name Marcelino immediately comes to mind.
It appears that Allardyceâ€™s attempts to recruit Faye from Bolton are in abeyance. Faye’s arrival appeared imminent after a Â£2M fee was agreed and Faye traveled to the North-East last week. In another article today the two clubs have been unable to reach a compromise on the deal. We still hope that can be completed to bring Faye to Newcastle.