This is probably a non-story since it is based on newspaper talk about Arsenal maybe being interested in signing Oba Martins from Newcastle.
Oba Martins – staying at Newcastle – but he was never leaving in first place
Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has said he is not interested in signing Oba, and the Sunday Sun is saying that Arsenal have informed Newcastle United officials, they have no plans to make a move for the 23 year-old Nigerian striker.
There had been reports a week or two ago when Martins was asked if he would be interested in moving to Arsenal, if the London club were interested in him, and if Newcastle would let him go.
Yes, quite a loaded question and given how the question was phrased, the answer of course had to be yes – but then the papers reported it sensationally as Martins wanted to move to Arsenal. So what’s new?
But it’s still good news for Newcastle fans, because with the new attacking way Newcastle will play under Kevin Keegan, Oba could be a real star of the future, and could get a hatful of goals for the club.
We’ll take this all with a large pinch of salt, but nevertheless take it as good news.
The next good news we want to hear is that Michael Owen has agreed to take a base wage of around Â£80K/week, at the club, with incentives for performance, that could increase his wages to that of his previous contract.
It’s clear the club want to keep Michael, and it’s also clear that Michael wants to stay on Tyneside, so we think a deal will be worked out and sooner rather than later.
With the likelihood that Newcastle will now do very well under Kevin, that’s probably not too bad a deal for Michael, and it now looks like the former Liverpool and Real Madrid star really wants to stay at the club, and of course he will remain as captain of the club under Kevin.
Then we’d like to see some more signings, and we need some experienced players in, before the transfer window closes in 49 days time, exactly 7 weeks today – so still plenty of time.
Also, we have a new poll out today on whether Danny Guthrie will turn out to be a good signing for the club, so if you haven’t yet voted – now’s your chance.
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