The Sunday Mirror reported yesterday that Newcastleâ€™s Obafemi Martins has been told he can leave St Jamesâ€™ Park.
Oba Martins – yes – he’s just scored – again
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 â‚¤15M for Oba, which is a decent price, but the Sun is still talking about a â‚¤13M release clause in his contract,Â 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 -Â 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 â‚¤11M evaluation of the former Inter Milan player, who cost Newcastle â‚¤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 â‚¤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.