Internazionale’s Jose Mourinho Interested In Oba Martins

It looks like Newcastle will have no problem selling Oba Martins, if Newcastle do get relegated this season, and are forced to sell a lot of their highly paid players.


Jose Mourinho – said to want Martins

Of course Newcastle signed Oba from Inter Milan three years ago for £10M, and in the People yesterday Jose Mourinho is said to want to bring back the Newcastle United striker to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, better known as the San Siro

Newcastle can still save themselves this season, but with every game that passes the players seem less and less up to the challenge, shame on them. But if do end up being relegated, we will need to unload quite a few of our highly paid players. If we stay up we will need to unload some of our highly paid players – because they’re not worth their wages. 😀

If we are relegated those would include Oba Martins, Owen, Viduka, Barton, Cacapa, Geremi, Coloccini, Gutierrez, Smith, Duff and maybe Jose Enrique.

That will save the club about £33M, from those 11 players on our wage bill of £74M, but of course we will need to replace those players to build up the squad.

Oba Martins, who is now 24, has scored 27 goals at Newcastle, and had spent four years at the San Siro, before joining Glenn Roeder at Newcastle, for £10M in 2006.

But the report suggests that Mourinho would look to take the Nigerian striker back for around £5M, but we should be able to get more than that, for the Nigerian striker. Of course, we also have to remember this is out of The People, so it could be a made up story.

151 comments so far

  • Johno Toon

    May 4, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    i dunno how popular this will be but if we got the 10 million we paid for him id sell him , regardless what divison we are in

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 4, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #2

    if we could get 10 million for him if we stayed up i would, without doubt let him go and bring in cisse

  • Otter

    May 4, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #3

    No way–when healthy and supported by a decent midfield, he has been great for us. Considering the lack of pace elsewhere in the squad, we should try to hang onto a few key young players even if we go down. That’s the best way to get back up, then not have to completely rebuild the team when we get back up.

  • Johno Toon

    May 4, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #4

    I dunno otter i just find him like a headless chicken to be honest , in saying that tho when he is in form he is great no question about it but for me i would sell

  • Tom_Toon

    May 4, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Martins will never be good enough for a top team.

    For 1 reason: My 96 year old Nan has a better footballing brain!

  • Toon_Factor

    May 4, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Give Martins a break he is still not fully recovered from his groin injury.

    Geordie-Gerrard7- This is from a previous article where you called me stupid for saying everton are a one man team

    Well its not stupid, listen to this Everton have played 35 games in the league. They have won 15, drawn 11 and lost 9, cahill has started 24 games and in those games everton have only lost 4 (man u, liverpool, wigan, villa), won 11 and drew 9. Without him (11 games) they have won 4 , drew 2 and lost 5. Everton would be a middle table team without Cahill.

    So that means Everton have lost 5 times / 11 games without cahill and have lost 4 times/ 24 games with Cahill.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 4, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #7

    If Newcastle can get 10million for Oba we will be very lucky, especially if we are relegated.
    Any interested parties will know the club will be desperate to offload the big wage earners and will screw us rotten !

    Be my pupil please !

  • Toonaholic

    May 4, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #8

    i would actually prefer to keep martyins, if he wants to go then let him but if he doesnt then keep him, he is still young, and quality on his day. the players i would get rid of are cacapa collicini r.taylor nolanviduka and owen, if we stay up i would love for us to have a cheeky attempt for van der vaart (from what ive heard he aint starting that often for real) also bring in penant, he wont be to pricy but is a hell of a lot better then r taylor, like others have said tom huddlestone would be awsome, and with spurs getting palacios i think he will be available. as will bent if they get cisse, and i personally think that bent is way better then cisse. also i reckon we should look for some young good players from holland.also make a cheeky bid for micah richards and a few others which i cant think of to improve the squad.
    i mean think of the possibilities if we could play this team next seoson:
    ———————van der vaart——————

    dont get me wrong im not saying we are going to get van der vaart and richards or even huddlestone but wierder things have happened 😀 i mean no one expected us to get owen and we did, and if we do stay up i think ashley will invest, he seriously cant afford another seoson like this one.

  • dougnufc

    May 4, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #9

    When we bought Owen, we were a team challenging for a European spot. But now we are on the edge of the cliff near relegation.

  • Johno Toon

    May 4, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    van der vart would be a dream! be we certainly need creativty and i think , as someone mentioned earlier , pennant is on a free

  • Johno Toon

    May 4, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #11

    sorry didnt mean to finish there ,

    pennant could be a good bit of business and he would do a job for us , good shout

  • Toonaholic

    May 4, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #12

    fair point doug, ok god im just trying to stay positive kinda hard atm :(, the only thing that keeps me happy is dreaming of what could happen next seoson, and god it seriously cant be worse then this seoson, it started of so well, and now we are in the bottom 3, who woulda thought it.

  • dougnufc

    May 4, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Let me lay out all the positives and negatives of both staying in the Premier League and Relegating.

    Staying in the Premier League:

    1) Still a Premier League club
    2) Able to attract players

    1) Deadwood players will stay unless Alan Shearer can clear them out but I doubt anyone would buy them
    2) A chance of a repeat of this season’s crappy performance
    3) Get spanked by bigger clubs
    4) A risk of poor big money signings


    1) Big clear-out
    2) Wage-cut
    3) Youngsters will get chance

    1) Might not go up
    2) Might do a Leeds
    3) None of the channels in Asia show championship games.

  • dougnufc

    May 4, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Really hope we stay up, even though the crappy players will still be here, I cannot bare to see us go down

  • Ericles

    May 4, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Oh no – not Martins. We could GIVE AWAY Owen, Smith and Butt!!!!

  • OHurley

    May 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Weather we stay up or go down, we should get rid of Martins. He’s not exactly worthy of the number 9 shirt, IMO. He’s missed so many sitters since christmas it’s just ridiculous. A team in a relegation battle cannot afford to miss absolute sitters which he’s done time and time again. Lose Martins, Owen, Viduka, Butt, Duff, Geremi, and Cacapa and get in some quality players or give the young guns a chance.

  • OHurley

    May 4, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Oh, and bring back Kazenga LuaLua. That’s a must whether or not we go down or stay up. That lad is going to be a powerhouse at some point soon in his career. Talk about FAST.

  • Rodzilla

    May 4, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Is Kazenga really that good OHurley? I know a lot of people on here sing his praises but I’ve never seen him play. I know his elder brother also had the speed quality but was always a bit of a headless chicken for me.

  • Johno Toon

    May 4, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #19

    think you hit the nail on the head there o’hurley he is not worthy of that number 9 shirt

  • OHurley

    May 4, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #20


    Fingers crossed, like, about Kazenga. I think he’s got his head in the game and I’m pretty sure he’s already faster than Martins. Use him as an attacking winger provided he can have some good awareness and I think he’ll be a pivotal player. With that kind of speed, you wouldn’t even really NEED a good cross. He could potentially double as a forward. IDK, we’ll see 🙂


    He really doesn’t deserve that shirt, does he? Sh!te performances over the past few months. Hell, I’d rather see DANNY GUTHRIE wearing the number 9 shirt, right now… at least he plays with heart and a bit of inspiration…

  • Toon_Factor

    May 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #21
  • RyanToon

    May 4, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #22

    we should DEFO sign SIMON COX of swindon town. the next ian wright

  • OHurley

    May 4, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #23


    Never seen him play. Is he that good?

  • Johno Toon

    May 4, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Toon factor , he could of certainly done a job for us this season and next season,

    I have heard of him Ryantoon never seen him tho so like o’hurley wat is he like?

    O’hurly yeah i have been very impressed guthrie , if only the other players played with his passion

  • Tom4Nufc

    May 4, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #25

    RyanToon, I am not sure I would agree with that statement, yes he is good, and yes we should definitely buy him, though he is yet to prove himself at higher levels that he is as good as Ian Wright. But I think the fact that he has scored 29 goals at mid table Swindon in league 1, and that he is 21 yrs old means he is worth a punt for sure. I would also love Jordi Gomez of Espanol on loan at Swansea, cracking player!

  • chuck

    May 4, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Depends, we go down it`s a given he`s outa here
    (pun intended).
    Otherwise he is one of our better players only lacking a big link up partner, not unlike Bellamy
    with Shearer.
    I would also try to hang onto Gutierrez, Bassong,
    Beye,Taylor and perhaps Xisco and the Uruguayan that no one has seen, as a the basis to rebuild on, the rest are either past there sell by date or crap, well perhaps thats a bit harsh, I do think Duff has played well and Harper has been ok.
    But face it we need new blood and a complete cull is needed.
    The talent level at this club is no better than Championship level so no big loss, there are plenty of decent young players available, who would be happy for the opportunity to play for this club.
    Face it we are going nowhere with this lot, a mishmash of various managers picks.

  • Doocey

    May 4, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Viduka has impressed me in his last few games I must say.

  • OHurley

    May 4, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #28



  • Jan Stavik

    May 4, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Doubt this story, I went to San Siro to watch Inter when Oba played there and the was not popular at all.

    Toon going down, yet another terrible season. Look at our side and weep, it’s awful.

    The only decent players are Beye, Coloccini, Bassong, Enrique, Jonas, Guthrie and Martins. The others are not good enough, and u simply can’t stay up with 6-7 decent players our of a squad of nearly 40 players.

    Gongrats, Fat Ash. I hope your wallet runs empty from this stupidity. The lesson is: Never invest in something you have no clue about.

  • OHurley

    May 4, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #30


    True. Viduka has been just about the only one making things happen. Too bad we have nobody to play with him. What a disappointment Michael Owen has been for the Toon. IDK what the answer is, but I know that the first part of the answer is getting rid of Owen and Martins. Probably even Viduka as he’s an aud gadgie. Maybe someday, we’ll be able to snag the Torres’s and the Gerrards of the footballing world. Fingers crossed, like. If we stay up, I’d like to see Mike Ashley splash enough cash to pick up Luka Modric. What an addition he’d be to our midfield. Would be nice to pick up another Solano-esque winger, too. I think that with a good midfield, our current defense should be able to cope. We just are in desparate need of midfield and strikers.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 4, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Sell Martins for as much as we can get. He can’t trap a bag of wet cement his control is awful & his attitude is cr*p & he doesn’t score enough goals. He may be quick but Malcom MacDonald he aint.

  • Toon_Factor

    May 4, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #32

    If Hull win tonight we will be relegated

  • amir7

    May 4, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #33

    I highly doubt this is true, what exactly has Oba done this year to warrant this kind of intrest.

    dont get me wrong, i love oba, but he’s been shit lately. hopefully its just a combination of the groin injury, and the fact that we have the worst mid-field in the premireship, and that he’ll be back next year in full force

  • workyticket

    May 4, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Jan Stavik // May 4, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    “Doubt this story, I went to San Siro to watch Inter when Oba played there and the was not popular at all.”

    He was a popular player at Milan, Jan. They loved his speed and his goal celebrations.

  • Toon_Factor

    May 4, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #35


    Wow worky is there anything you dont know?

  • simon376

    May 4, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #36

    I was a big fan of Oba when he first came, but the past couple of seasons, he’s been poor. as someone who sits near me says, if he had a brain, he would be a good player. I know he’s fast and can sometimes do something out of nothing, but he’s not a team player and that is what we have lacked this season. Even if we stay up, we would be better off cutting our losses and selling him.

  • Doocey

    May 4, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Toon Factor.

  • JJJ

    May 4, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Some people are still calling Viduka fat and lazy.

    But let me tell you, he is AS good as Berbatov with his touches and holding the ball up…
    We have no choice but to play him in the starting lineup.
    And on current form its a toss up on wether to play Oba or Owen with him, as they ar both playing equally cr@p. Only difference is Oba can still produce a long range shot and has more pace. Thats why he’s being favoured.
    If we had Owens brain and Obas skills we’d have a decent striker.

    Duff has also been good lately and I’d play him in central midfield with Butt (first 60mins) and Guthrie. Duff would play in the same role as Giggs doesnt now for Man U.

  • shearer4pm

    May 4, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #39

    we shud def trade him for ibrahimovic and cambiasso, and do a buy one get 5 free, buy martins, get owen, viduka, barton, smith, ameobi, lol, i had a dream last night, we beat boro 4-1, so im poppin of to williham hill 2moz to back it up 🙂

  • howay man

    May 4, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #40


    xisco 3 million
    cacapa free
    martins 8 million
    collocini 2 million
    owen free
    geremi free
    gonzalez departing after loan
    ryan taylor 1 million
    shola ameobi 1 million
    mark viduka free

    total 15 million+ 20 million (for given n’zogbia and milner sales) + 5 million that mike said he would give us.

    all together 40 million to refresh the side with.


    rod fanni rennes 6 million
    amauri juventus 4 million
    gary o-neil boro 2 million

    bring in more youngsters

    john paul kissock accrington stanley next to nout
    dani parejo real madrid 2 million
    ben hatira hamburg 2 million
    chris wood WBA next to nout
    Henri Saivet 5 million

    fanni —-beye —s.taylor —bassong
    o’neil -smith-nolan -barton -gutierez

    bench: butt, duff, lovenkrands, carroll, jose enrique, krul, guthrie

    rod fanni; a 6ft 1 top class full back

    amauri; a perfect mix of height, speed and strength

    gary o’neil; goal scoring midfeilder who could be on the cheap if middlesbrough go down

    5 in the midfield gives nolan the freedom to play the way he did at bolton.

    Barton and smith will literally kick the sh1t out of anyone coming through.

    Gutierez and o’neil add creativity on the wings.

    amauri will put anything he gets in the net.

    Our three best defenders with the addition of rod fanni will keep harper’s sheet clean.

    And for back up we have butt, lovenkrands, jose enrique, and guthrie who are all capable of starting.

    and still we will have abvout 19 million to fix things in january if things don’t go to plan.

    rite then all we have to do now is make up a three point deficate with 3 games to go.


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