It turns out that Sam Allardcye wanted to sell Oba Martins last July.
Oba Martins – big favorite on Tyneside
When Keegan was asked today, if he had received a bid for Oba Martins, Kevin told the Evening Chronicle:
â€œI havenâ€™t, no, but I want to keep all my players and add to them if I can.”
â€œAnyone that goes will be a bit of a blow, especially if something like that happens late on in the summer.”
â€œHowever, Arsenal have definitely not approached me.â€
Newcastle United paid Â£10M for Martins in the summer of 2006, and that’s turned out to be really good deal for Newcastle.
And the Chronicle is reporting the transfer fee is to be paid over 5 seasons, and Newcastle are now said to owe around Â£6M for him.
Sam Allardyce was prepared to sell the Nigerian international at the end of July, but there were no clubs that were interested at that time.
The Chronicle is reporting that Oba was aware of all of these goings on last summer, so we think Martins has done just a great job, to keep playing in the way he did last season, when under Big Sam, he was definitely second fiddle to Michael Owen.
But the genius of Kevin now has him starting every game, alongside his captain Michael Owen and Mark Viduka, and we’re sure that Keegan and Newcastle will not sell Oba now. That would be madness.
We want Oba Martins, Michael Owen, Steven Taylor and also Charles N’Zogbia at the club next season.
The only one we may lose of that quartet could be Charles N’Zogbia, and it’s right that he should go, if he decides he doesn’t want to be at the club.