There are some reports coming out of Seattle over here in the US that Newcastle are interested in signing their former striker Oba Martins on a short-term loan deal and the 31 year-old has rekindled his career in America since he signed on for the Seattle Sounders three years ago.
In that time he has scored 43 goals in 83 appearances for the Sounders and he has even been recalled to the Nigerian squad.
Oba Martins – at the Seattle Sounders
Martins signed with Seattle as a Designated Player after the club paid a $4M buyout clause in Martins’ contract with Levante.
The season is over in the MLS for Seattle and it seems the Sounders would be willing to let him go on a short-term loan deal.
Oba has done well at Seattle but we´d still be surprised if any move is made by Newcastle for the striker with Sunderland also being linked with wanting the striker on a short-term loan deal – with the emphasis on short.
Seattle play Club America (Mexico) in the CONCACAF Champions League on February 23 and March 1st in the two-legged quarter-final – and Martins would need to be back in Seattle before that time.
It seems that Seattle would not be interested in letting Martins move permanently, but Newcastle would not be interested in signing the 31 year-old permanently,
In fact, we would be surprised if Newcastle want him even on a short-term loan deal, but those are the reports coming out of the west coast.
Martins has done very well at Seattle and last year (the season before last) he was named as one of three MLS MVP finalists and was in the MLS Best XI and also scored the Goal of the Year when he scored 19 goals in 37 appearances.
While at Newcastle from 2006 through 2009 he scored 35 goals for us in 104 total appearances before he left for Wolfsburg.
We´d be very surprised if we see Oba back at Newcastle early next year.
What do you think?