There’s not much interesting news in the Sunday Sun today, but one story has Turkish side Besiktas interested in Oba Martins.
Oba Martins – looks like he doesn’t want to leave Tyneside 😀
The Turkish champions are looking for some strikers as they enter the Champions League for the first time, and see Martins as a potential attacking option.
Oba has said he is happy to stay at St James’s Park, but the club will hardly be able to keep many of their highly paid starts, and Oba ins one of nine players on the high priority list to move out of Tyneside.
And it would appear that Besiktas, who were chasing Geremi in January, would be able to offer the 24-year-old a good wage packet than the Italian Serie A clubs looking at the Nigerian International.
Besiktas are a club on the move, having just won the Turkish league by 5 points from Sivasspor, with famous clubs Fenerbehce 4th and Galatasaray 5th. They also won the cup double.
They are also reported to be interested in Tottenham’s target man Roman Pavlychenko and Everton’s Louis Saha.
Martins is also said to be on the wish list of Istanbul side Fenerbahce, and it may be both clubs could offer a decent fee to Newcastle, and a good wage packet to Oba. If that happens he will be moved out of Newcastle, even if he wants to stay on Tyneside.
We expect there to be significant movement with the sale of the club this week, but one worry of potential buyers has to be the £74M wage bill which will be thankfully reduced to £61M, when the contracts of Owen, Viduka, Edgar and Cacapa run out on June 30th.
That’s one of the biggest challenges that will face the new owners, in reducing that wage bill by at least another £20M.
But it appears that bringing new players in will not be as difficult as we may have thought, because it seems even in relegation, Newcastle is still a club lots of players would love to join, especially if Alan Shearer is the new manager.
That’s some good news in the current environment of doom and gloom at the club, and once we have a new owner and new manager we can build on that.
Once the Ashley era is thankfully brought to a close, it’s got to be upward and onward for Newcastle United, there’s just no other way.