News coming in today that Fulham are nearing a decent bid for Newcastle’s Oba Martins.
Oba Martins – Fulham interested
The season before last, Fulham won 4 of their last 5 games to stay up in the Premier League on goal difference, and Roy Hodgson did a fantastic job for the London side last season, when they finished in 7th place after finishing the previous season in 17th place.
The Fulham side have secured themselves Europa League football next season.
One weakness Fulham do have, is that they scored just 39 goals last season, and that was the lowest of any team that finished in the top half of the table, so they are on the lookout for good strikers.
Oba Martins certainly fits the bill, and today’s reports suggest they are looking closley at the Nigerian International.
Oba, who is still just 24, and reports are saying that the Cottagers are to try their luck with an £8M bid. Newcastle would accept that bid very quickly since they paid £10M for the former Inter-Milan striker three years ago so £8M, in the fire sale Newcastle are in during the summer, would be a decent price.
However, as always, one barrier to Martins leaving Newcastle, is that the London side will be unlikely to match Oba’s current £65K/week wages he is getting on Tyneside.
But if Fulham do bid that £8M, watch Newcastle immediately accept that amount and allow Martins to speak with the Craven Cottage side. Oba has appeared 106 times for Newcastle (91 starts) and has scored 35 goals, over the last 3 seasons.
Former Newcastle Academy graduate Aaron Hughes, who played over 200 times for the Magpies, is playing well for the London side, since he moved there from Aston Villa in 2007. Aaron played 44 times last season for Fulham and formed a formidable central defensive partnership with Brede Hangeland.
He has played 74 times in total for Fulham, and 66 times for Northern Ireland, and has been captain of his country since 2003, and of course is married to a Geordie girl.