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Turkish Sides Besiktas And Fenerbehce After Oba Martins

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.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Jun 21, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    He would do well for them. well he could do well in any club he joins…

    hope he stay in the premierleague with teams like arsenal or something, love to see he play.

    btw Stoke City target Habib Beye?

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Jun 21, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Sell him, you can’t rely on him to score goals.
    His ratio is 1/3.
    Of course he wants to stay and continue picking up massive wages, If he has any ambition then he will go.

  • dougnufc

    Jun 21, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Sell him and get Fraizer Campbell instead. As much as I love Oba, he has to go.

  • batty

    Jun 21, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4
  • ginkoh

    Jun 21, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    If possible, I want to keep Oba in the team. I confident if we can handle his wage, He will destroy almos defender in championship and lead us back to PRM next season.

    I really rate Oba is defferent class of all playerr in our team and I really mean it.

  • batty

    Jun 21, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM6GR11Er3Q <<< AND HERES FREDDY SINGING ABOOT THE TOON

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 21, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #7


    “Sell him, you can’t rely on him to score goals.
    His ratio is 1/3”

    In case you havnt noticed we are in the Championship so hes bound to score more goals, and besides Tevez, Van Persie, Crouch, Cisse, Berbatov etc have all got a 1/3 goal ratio for there current clubs! Some people are never satisfied.

  • batty

    Jun 21, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    TF its no use explaining to sum poeple m8 and ware are u right now england or spain m8

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 21, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Spain at the moment but Im moving back to Newcastle at the end of August

  • batty

    Jun 21, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #10

    TF so i take it you will be getting to a few games this season m8

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 21, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Well im unsure weather to get a season ticket or not, but if I dont ill defenitly attend a few.

  • AussieToon

    Jun 21, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #12

    I would keep him if we can absorb his wages.

    In the Championship he would absolutely be the most dangerous striker.

    I don’t think there is any defence that could go with him and if we can get another guy to go with him we are a good chance to get straight back up.

    More creativity in the midfield and Oba firing on all cylinders we are more of a chance to get promoted.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jun 21, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Either way i win, if he stays he stays and i’m happy 🙂

    If he goes to Besikdas, it’s my uncles team and he’s still in Black n white

    If he goes to Fenerbahce my fathers team i’ll be happy and he’ll score them a few goals, but Tuncay wants to go there aswell

    Whatever happens Martins has served this club well! (so glad Owen didn’t get the no9 shirt)

  • Bill F

    Jun 21, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #14

    I don’t know why you keep worrying about the wage bill at St James Ed. Our new owners may well have the means to not only cover it but also bring in some big names for equally high wages.

  • Tino 11

    Jun 21, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Check this out, they could have at least matched the colour of the arms to his head!


  • dougnufc

    Jun 21, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #16

    To be honest, the reason why Oba doesn’t score as much as he can is because we did not let him execute his pace. We never had any ground through balls to let him run onto it, which is why he lacked goals.

  • boater

    Jun 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #17

    tonygreensupreme… that’s pretty harsh.

    Firstly – he was in 1 in 2 in his first season for us, he scored his most goals and played his best football with Dyer up front with him.. when owen had the longterm lay off.. he needs some pace around him and also someone with half a footballing brain –

    last season – he failed to shine but the whole team was flat and no one proved capable of single-handedly digging us out of the hole – which says more about the atmosphere and the lack of management prowess than it does the players…

    he has said he wants to help us get promoted- and compared our plight to that of Juventus… which is very generous – as unlike them, we played our way into relegation. We whinge about lack of loyalty and then you say ‘he lacks ambition if he wants to stay for one season’…

    make him the exception to the mass top-end clear out and build a side around him.

  • Obafan

    Jun 21, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #18


    I totally agree with you. If we had a bit of creativity in our team; Oba would have scored more goals and we would not have been relegated. For me that is the main reason why this season was such a fiasco. If you have to rely on Butt; Smith and Nolan to create chances you are doomed. And the saddest thins is that the board never tried to get some creative player or that the managers (all 4 we had) never changed the central area of our team.

    But he also missed a few golden opportunities (Spurs – Pompey – Villa). If he scores only one of them; we alse would not have been relegated.

    I hope he stays to fire us back into the EPL.

  • boater

    Jun 21, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #19

    apologies for the abysmal English in my last post.

  • Spoonman

    Jun 21, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Can’t see Martins going over there and wasting some of the best years of his career.

  • Robbanufc

    Jun 21, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #21

    The thing about Oba is that he really has a great goal ratio compared to the chances that are created for him. 1/3 ratio for newcastle the last couple of seasons is massive to be honest.. as someone mentioned that’s what Tevez, Van Persie etc has, and they play for teams that scores 3 times the amount of goals as us in a season.

    I actually think that Oba would rather take a wage cut and stay at our beloved club, then go to Besiktas or Fenerbache..

    I think Oba and Lovenkrands has a good bond, they play well together. Both have great pace, and are smart players. If we get to keep both of them, and play through for them to chase we’ll score loads of goals.

    The thing that ultimately got us relegated in my opinion last season was our midfield (if we only think of the football). We never won a game in the midfield, not even against teams like Stoke, Westbrom or Hull. We never won the ball up high and could counterattack… And how many times did that happen against us? us losing the ball in the midfield and the oponent scoring a counterattack goal?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2009 at 3:50 AM

    Comment #22

    Martins: Too erratic, too high wage, too injury prone.


  • ian

    Jun 22, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #23

    Toon factor, spot on exactly what I think.

    Martins availability since he joined Newcastle must be one of the highest in the premiership, his goalscoring even though he is not given the main striking role when Owen is on the field is excellent and the the thing that everyone seems to forget he does not carry the price tag of Keane, Tevez, Rooney and co, nothing like, he is a £10m striker and superb value for that probably our best ever value striker as Carroll has done nothing yet.

    Some people are totally unrealistic.

    Remember also how brilliant a goalscorer Keane was and what happened when he tried to fit in with Liverpool, look how brilliant a goalscorer Carroll was and he went out on loan and did nothing, look at the availability of Dean Ashton, Jones at Sunderland, Yakubu, we could go on and on.

    Martins is a known entity, we know he gives it his all unlike Owen, we know he remains fit and when he gets a knock he recovers quickly but will continue playing with an injury if the club asks him too, we also know when he is the main striker and not playing second fiddle to the like of Owen that he is capable of 15 premiership goals in a season, I think 20 in the championship if he is given top striker position will be no problem for him.

    Others I am sure would rather we sold Oba, took on another player who didnt fit in/settle or suffers from injuries and we stayed down, or if we got back up we had already sold a player who we could not afford to replace as championship strikers do not work in the premiership, remember a player similar to Keane and Keane’s age will be priced over £15m . So that will be two decent strikers at £30m thankyou, then we need central midfield, wingers…….

    £1m wage subsidy in the championship could save £5m transfer fee if we get back up and have to buy a reasonable player, but in truth if we get back up they may want so many premiership players that we may be scratting around for £5m midfielders and £8m strikers, then you will know what a bad striker is.

    I hear Sunderland are considering our old striker Lua lua, does that bring back a bit of reality in to the situation??

    We wont be buying Torres and do not forget Manchester United are selling Frazier


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