Newcastle Again Linked With French International Play-Maker


Metro is reporting that Newcastle may be interested in Marvin Martin.

Marvin Martin – can also play with his eyes closed

It’s certainly not the first time Newcastle have been linked with Martin, and it was the Sochaux play-maker who replaced Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye for France, in the second half of both the recent Euro 12 qualifying games.

The 23 year-old has been at Sochaux since 2008, and he has played 117 times with 10 goals and 26 assists, and he has 7 caps already for the full French side with two goals and two assists.

Arsenal are also interested in the player (he must be French) and the report suggests Newcastle may go after the 23 year-old in the summer.

Manchester United have also been linked with the play-maker, but Newcastle would still have a decent chance of attracting the youngster to Tyneside, if they decide to go after him.

The Sunday Sun has already reported that Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr has been regularly watching the player at Sochaux, but it would seem that the least of Newcastle’s problems right now is in midfield.

The Paris-born Martin has been a  top performer for Sochaux over the last three seasons, and with Newcastle having watched his Sochaux team mate Modibo Maiga several times, they could not have failed to be impressed with the very skillful midfielder.

Maybe Newcastle could do a deal with Sochaux, for both Martin and Maiga, but of course Newcastle have  already had some troubles negotiating with Sochaux, who reported Newcastle to FIFA in August, for what they thought was an illegal approach for Maiga.

Maiga also still seems to be the top striker target for Newcastle in January, and maybe if the club are successful in getting Maiga in January, they could bring in his team- mate Marvin Martin to join him next summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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5 comments so far

  • Andy

    Oct 14, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Metro *facepalm* they are worse than the Sun! I would absolutely love him here as he is a quality player but we don’t really need him as he’d want to be a guaranteed starter and even if we do play 4-4-1-1 Cabaye, Tiote and HBA will fill those spaces. Too good to be back up.

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  • magpiebop

    Oct 14, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Martin might be being lined up to replace Guthrie in the squad wii his contract up at the end of the season!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 14, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Lads quality but we hardly need this sort of player with marveux and HBA unable to get a game.

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  • BUDGIE

    Oct 14, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Any good players we should be interested in. But lets get HBA in the team first.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Which other clubs are trying to sign them?

    Normally if it is reported that we are after a player then there are at least two other clubs linked with the same players!

    Reported across here in Holland last Thursday that Manure are keeping tabs on van Wolfswinkel ( now at Sporting Lissabon ).
    Was,nt he a big target of ours a few years ago! He was a good player then for FC Utrecht and is still playing well now in Portugal!

    Hope to see at least one good signing in Jan but am not willing to be a part of the circus that happens on here every time we sit in a transfer window!

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