Obafemi Martins has reportedly been offered a Â£25M deal to stay at Newcastle until 2013.
Oba Martins - glad to stay at Newcastle United long term
The Nigerian striker came to St James’ Park in the summer of 2006 in a Â£10M move from Italian giants Inter Milan.
Despite showing flashes of brilliance he’s failed to hit top form consistently, and has scored 7 goals to be Newcastleâ€™s top scorer so far this season.
The Sun claims today that Newcastle want to offer the hit man a massive deal to keep him at the club. The 23-year-old Nigerian still has over 3 years of his current contract to run but owner Mike Ashley has said to have wanted a two-year extension to Obaâ€™s contract and a 50 per cent wage rise to around Â£90K/week.
So that’s around Â£4.5M a year over 5.5 years – which is a deal worth around Â£24.75M – not too bad for a young 23 year-old.
As part of that deal Martins has reportedly agreed to remove his Â£13m release clause.
Oba is quoted as saying:
“These are exciting times and I want to stay.”
But we thought the release clause had already been removed according to Chairman Chris Mort in September. But this could well be the extended deal that was part of that agreement.
We think Oba still has a long way to go to fulfill his potential so we are pleased to see him staying long term. He’s a lovely lad and just loves it at the club, and he’s also well liked by the fans.
We also think Kevin can be a big help to Oba in coaching him how to put those chances away — at least we hope so.
But what do you think?