Martins and Owen To Stay With Newcastle

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 £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:

“We all know the situation regarding the clause in Obafemi’s contract, but no one has enquired about activating it since I’ve been here,”

“We’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.”

‘We’re going to activate the clause’. Manchester United are the same, they’ve made no contact whatsoever and he’s still a Newcastle player.”

Arsenal and Juventus are said to be among the clubs to have courted Martins this summer. Sam went on:

“There has been speculation about Obafemi Martins every week since I joined Newcastle and he’s still here.”

“I’ve had no contact from any football club either in this country or any country.”

“The only way he wouldn’t be a Newcastle player (beyond next week) is if someone activates that clause. But no one has.”

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 – 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.

Sam continued:

“It will be a source of comfort and relief because, from a manager’s point of view, it means that no-one can take your player any more,”

“We’ve had two players in that position, but I think by the end of the window, both of them will still be with us.”

Michael Owen also has a well-publicized release clause included in his contract, although the 27-year-old seems certain to remain at St James’ 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 Spain’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 – 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 Allardyce’s attempts to recruit Faye from Bolton are in abeyance. Faye’s arrival appeared imminent after a £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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Bev

    Aug 23, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    looks like Belitti is going to chelsea as sky sports are reporting that he is having a medical in london and expected to sign 🙁

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 23, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Let’s hope that Man U donot activate the £13M release clause for Martins as its not a good deal for either Newcastle or the player. He’s worth more than £13M and if he did go to Man U, would get very few games once Rooney, Saha, Solsjeer, etc are fit. Hopefully, Alan Smith will have a word with him if Man U try and activate this clause.

    I’ve never been keen on Spanish/Portugese footballers at Newcastle and Marcelino, Viana and Luque are examples why. Hopefully, Enrique will be a success on Tyneside as he cost a lot of money and still not played a game yet…….

  • Shaun Dag

    Aug 23, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree with you Lamesley

  • Darren

    Aug 23, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    The trouble is that £13m for Martins is a great deal for the buying club.

    Yakubu is going for £12m and he is nowhere near as good. Man Utd could buy Martins, keep him for a season then sell him on for £20m, he’d solve their short term injury problems and make them a tidy profit.

    And sorry but I think he’d be off like a shot if Man Utd went in for him.

  • Bill F

    Aug 23, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Lamesley’s comments mtch my own thoughts re. Riquelme, I wouldn’t want a huge fee spent to see us with a similar situation. If Sam has a big wadge waiting to splash out then I would like him to go for Van Bommel or Schweinsteiger, not much chance I know but money does talk. And if the stumbling block with Faye is a few hundred thou, then, well I’m lost for words!!

  • adam

    Aug 23, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #6

    im praying martins signs a new contract when the window shuts that doesnt have a clause. owen…………………………..dont care either way

  • Hadrian

    Aug 23, 2007 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #7

    players at owen’s age hit their prime , how old was big Al when he was still knocking goals in for fun for the toon? if owen settled in here for life we could have his best years ahead of him … goals goals and more goals .
    this is exactlly what allerdyce was refering to , fans jumping down players necks .

    unsure on big sam’s comment regarding martins , is he subtelty inviting offers here? or calling martins agents bluff?
    im pointing my finger straight at the agent here as its obviously a push for a higher wage packet for oba , but didnt oba state this was a new agent and not the scheming one that put the 13m clause in to start ?
    whats the lad on anyway ? 20-30k ?

    not happy with sam having to wheel and deal still , whats our net spend now? 7m? sure he’s done great with it , but i feel he’s been forced to make signings that wouldnt be his first choice to take a team to the top , these are just bargains in his eyes .

  • Dirk

    Aug 23, 2007 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Hadrian – completely agree owen can still have his best years ahead of him and with sam could perform wonders, i would hate to c martins go he could b 1 of the best strikers in the world they way hez goin he only needs a better touch and pass and could equal any world class striker, lets change his contract to exclude the exclusion clause, es on 60k a week now and if he wants a pay rise to equal owens i say go for it cos he will b gr8 for us and should b payed well for it. i no its slpashin the cash but if youve got that much cash y not use it?. As for sams net spend im happy with the signings hes made and think we can do well with this but i expected a hell of a lot more than 7m net spend i think sam just needs to get used to havin money to spend as hes used to workin wiv very little.


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