This story never seems to to go away, but there again we suppose there’s not much news about Newcastle over the last two weeks or so.
Oba Martins – very popular at Newcastle
The Sunday Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle United will sell star striker Obefami Martins for Â£15M, to bolster manager Kevin Keegan’s transfer fund.
Martins joined Newcastle for Â£10M from Inter Milan two years ago, and is one of the very few Newcastle buys whose transfer value has actually increased while at the club.
The Sunday Mirror says Martins is stunned by the news – and we’re not surprised by that, because it’s just not true.Â 😀
Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan returned to his desk last week, and has said nothing at all to the press since arriving back, and we’re still trying to work out if that’s good news or bad.
The Sunday Mirror is saying the Newcastle summer transfer kitty could be as low as Â£20M – unless Kevin raises money by selling some of his current stars.
We’ve already sold Emre and Rozehnal for around Â£7M, and Ameobi will go soon, hopefully for another Â£3M at least, and we should sell Alan Smith for as much as we can get for him – let’s say we can get Â£4M for him at least – we paid Â£6M for him last summer.
Even if the Sunday Mirror is right that Ashley will give Â£20M, that still has Kevin getting around Â£34M, but the fact we were willing to offer Â£18M for Luka Modric earlier this summer must put serious doubts on that Â£20M figure.
We’re not sure why these papers keep bringing Oba Martins up, and keep saying we will sell him.
Selling Martins would not make the Newcastle fans happy at all, since he is a popular player at the club, and it seems it will not make Oba too happy either.
The boy is a good player, and loves playing for Newcastle, and has said more than once he loves living in the city, and doesn’t want to leave.
When will it ever end?