Newcastle Will Not Sell Oba Martins

The Sunday Mirror reported yesterday that Newcastle’s Obafemi Martins has been told he can leave St James’ Park.


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We don’t believe that one little bit, but it seems you can’t stop the stories that keep coming out on Oba moving to Arsenal.

That bastion of truthful and fair journalism The Sun, jumps on the bandwagon today, with a load of – well let’s call it news to be polite – on Oba Martins moving to Arsenal – most of which is just not true.

Newcastle are said to be asking ₤15M for Oba, which is a decent price, but the Sun is still talking about a ₤13M release clause in his contract,  which former Chairman Chris Mort said long ago, no longer exists.

They should at least try to update their stories when they bring them out of cold storage – which seems a regular occurrence -  because things do change over time, after all.

The Sun says Arsenal have long been linked with Martins, but manager Arsene Wenger has refused to budge from his ₤11M evaluation of the former Inter Milan player, who cost Newcastle ₤10M a full 2 years ago.

Oba has since had 2 good seasons in the Premier League scoring 27 goals for the Tyneside club, and looked particularly good under Kevin Keegan at the end of last season..

The Sun is also reporting that a recently agreed to ₤80K per week deal for Oba was scrapped at the last moment by Newcastle, as they seek to cut their wage bill – but that’s news to us.

If Newcastle do let Martins go this summer, it would be a disaster and Newcastle fans would hardly be enamoured by the club’s actions.

Cutting the wage bill is one thing, because we have so many under-performing players at the club, but letting your best young and exciting talent leave, is a completely different matter.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • P

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    No WAY!! I am not a least worried about Arsenal as the gonners themselves will not be willing to pay Martins salary. So for him to leave for Arsenal, impossible.

  • Collin

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    One of our best and exciting players in black & white.

    Please get Smith off our wages and increase it for Oba!

  • Micky Toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m a bit sick and tired of this. As there are no real stories around the journo’s are printing who they would like to see join their club as a transfer story. The Arse are going to lose Adebyor to Chelsea or Inter, so all the journos who support them are now just speculating who they would like to see him replaced with. Personally, I can’t see Oba at arsenal he doesn’t seem to be their type of player.

  • HeronMag

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Another garbage story from the Mirror

  • Stami

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    i wish the Club would put out some sort of statement to clarify the truth from the rubbish! WE CAN NOT SELL OBA MARTINS!!!bottom line!

  • Stami

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    i am completely over the transfer window, i wish it would just close and the season would start…i need some stability in my life again, and all this speculation is not helping:)

  • tapir

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    if we are not buying new player and the mgmt quiet
    -we understand the window not yet open

    but if we are rumours to sell player and the mgmt also keep quiet
    -something is happening……….



    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    we’ll not sell oba or owen! did you see how much they were enjoying their football once KK returned! this is just shite journo’s with no leads so they think lets stir some shite up about newcastle players! come end of next season when Oba & Owen have near on 20 goals each & we’re in top 4 or 5 whilst playin free flowing football & exciting the whole of prem they’ll eat their fookin words! would’nt this be sweet! comon the TOON!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ryan

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9

    I doubt that story about Arsenal is true, but on the other hand, Martins could leave. There is a rumor that is connecting him with Lazio in Serbian media (it looks like the story came from Kolarov who is playing for Lazio), but probably it is just one of those. Something is going on for sure, maybe not with Lazio and Arsenal, but there is a reason for all this stories in the press.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Stami, the window is just about to open mate, soz!..Boring init?..

  • brownrob

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    But tapir, if the management say Oba isnt for sale, then it means they have to do it tomorrow, for owen, Wednesday for Given, Thursday for Milner, Friday for NZogbia etc etc etc

    Maybe the board are enjoying all this speculation, taking the heat off our real targets!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #12

    I wouldn’t waste too many brain cells reading the papers!..Wouldn’t even soil me chips with ’em!..

    …Plop hawks!..

  • valle

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Well, we really dont have a clue as to MA’s plans and he certainly hasnt stated any ambition as yet. So he could end up being sold, no matter how insane that would seem to the rest of us… After all, wages seems to be MA’s main cutting focus these days and Oba are on high wages for all we know… Lets wait and see

  • euanpolo

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Unless Adebayor leaves Arsenal I can’t see this happening, and even then Martins is a very different player to Adebayor. You’d think Wenger would want to get someone more like Adebayor.

  • brownrob

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Like Gomis you mean euanpolo?! 😀

    Anyone see the game last night, Gomez came on and didnt touch the ball once (literally) in the 15 minutes he was on the pitch!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #16

    How the hell did germany even get to the final?..
    …Lucky bazzas!..

    …Didn’t even notice he’d come on, he was that pointless!..

  • Jammy

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Martins clause does still exist, he never signed a new contract and it wasn’t time bound.

    The Owen clause ran out, but Oba still has a £13m release clause should he request a transfer.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #18

    What i cant understand about Arsenal wanting Oba is :

    a) Wenger rarely buys what the papers are saying, its always a surprise.

    b) Unless he changes his style of play, i would think Santa Cruz would be more suited.

    c) He does have this young Mexican kid back from Spain, who looks very promising and plays similar to Oba as a left sided striker.

    Bottom line, i dont think Oba is a Wenger target and i hope Keegan doesnt want to sell.

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #19

    the club need to make a statement lads – i am sick of this saying f all etc. it’s one thing saying nowt about buying players but it’s another to say nothing about keeping hold of your best players.

  • Micky Toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #20

    Jammy – who is your source on this? You seem to be very confident in your statement re:Oba’s release clause.

  • Leo

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #21

    he wont go, well that is what i hop

  • Jammy

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #22

    When Chris Mort commented on the fact that Owen’s clause was no longer active, he said that they hoped to get Martins to sign a new deal removing his as well. Martins has not signed any new deal since those comments.

  • Hadrian

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #23

    he wants a new contract , we are not giving it to him .

  • Leo

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #24

    12 hours and 18minutes till the transfer window opens woop woop

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #25

    £13mil or £15mil id sell him for any of those figures.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 30, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Probably yet more press shit-stirring, & regurgitation of old tales…a la…Blah, blah, blah Given to arse, blah, blah, blah Oba to arse…

  • Matty

    Jun 30, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #27

    These Oba rumors are getting quite sickening. Wenger mentioned him once in his programme notes saying he would like to manage him one day, THAT’S IT! Unless he takes over the Super Eagles, it’s not gonna happen. No contact was ever made by Arsenal and Keegan had said that last month, and also said he wanted to keep his players, not let them go. I really wish the Club would come out and put this one to bed so I can sleep at night. If they do sell Oba it would give me one clear message: We’re planning for life in the Championship. Shaun Custis did the Sun article…………again! No surprises there, this dude needs to get a new job.

  • Slam Dunc

    Jun 30, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Newcastle have withdrawn Martins new contract offer which would have removed his buy out clause.

    This is probably due to news out this morning that Ashley is looking to sell all or part share of the club:

  • michael

    Jun 30, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #29

    We cannot Sell OBA he is one for the future , if you want to sell someone let it be barton or geremi two crappy players we dont need.

  • gorskino10

    Jun 30, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Agree 100% i can deal with some players like Ramage and even Viduka due to wages and that and even he has cut our transfer budget from what he stated around 50 mill which is more near 20/30 now but selling the best players and exciting players like Martins is a no no.

  • ScottyT

    Jun 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #31

    well i just hope that we find that some players have signed tomorrow that we had already secured quietly and secretly then itll cheer me up in this boring football period.

    somehow i very much doubt it tho…

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 30, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Tom_Toon, I’m glad it’s not your decision then.

  • Micky Toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Just read that post on trophy4toon forum.

    It’s laughable how people will believe anything that because someone has posted it on the interweb then it’s fact.
    “We are hearing that Ashley is looking for investors”
    From whom,exactly? The famous “club insider” or his mate “a source close to Ashley”? If this was written in The Sun or The Mirror everyone would be pouring scorn on it, but it seems to be accepted as fact because it was posted by a toon fan.
    Until there is an announcement at the stock exchange and it appears on the official site then I won’t believe any of the bollox about MA selling.
    Jimenez is in dubai=selling the club to DIC. That must be one helluva job, in charge of scouting for players plus negotiating a fee for the club. 2+2 also equals 5.

  • Micky Toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Ok,ok, I realise there won’t be an announcement at the stock exchange as we are no longer a PLC. D’oh.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Craig – I agree – if indeed they don’t intend to sell Martins – I cleaned up your comment a little 😀

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 30, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Dont get me wrong, nothing would make me happier if Newcastle came out and made a statement about transfers and contracts.

    But on the other hand, i agree with the stance of feeding the rags nothing. It really does make a refreshing change not to conduct our business in the press. Regarding Martins its simple, hes under contract and there are no bids yet to be confirmed, whats to say?

    I just think a day before the transfer market opens, a week before pre-season and a number of weeks before the start of the season are we not getting carried away and may end up with egg on our faces, by shouting this and that and calling fans and players alike.

    If at the beginning of the season we are looking desparate, then fine have a real good go at Ashley etc…..but now?

    Give me this ownership over F.Shepard anyday!

  • Nobby's Dad

    Jun 30, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #37

    1 P // Jun 30, 2008 at 10:16

    No WAY!! I am not a least worried about Arsenal as the gonners themselves will not be willing to pay Martins salary. So for him to leave for Arsenal, impossible.

    Since Arsenal are in the top 4 biggest payers how will they not be willing to pay big wages?

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 30, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #38


  • Matty

    Jun 30, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Reports said that he agreed to a new offer. When you agree to something, it means something was offered first. If the Club offered him a new deal, then I find it hard to believe they took it back. Smoke and mirrors.

  • Ian

    Jun 30, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #40

    mickey toon they have been spotted in Dubai and the press have presumed it isnt for a player.

    Usually people go there to raise funds or sell all or part of their business.

    it is a holiday resort, possibly there is a player there.

    we will see.


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