It’s another day and another one of Newcastle’s players have been linked with a move away from St. James’ Park. Didn’t Ashley just release a statement clarifying that no player will be sold or bought until the club is in new hands?
Obafemi Martins-May leave, but not anytime soon
With Emmanuel Adebayor’s transfer to Manchester City happening just yesterday, it didn’t take long for the media to link Martins to Arsenal.
The logic is that Arsene Wenger has long been an admirer of the pacy Nigerian, so now that there is money and room for another striker he must be able to get Martins for a cut rate price.
The latest news is that Arsenal are set to make a £7M bid for Oba. The problem with this rumor is that Ashley just put an embargo on all transfer activity at Newcastle until the club is sold. While Martins wages may be too high to stay at Newcastle, he still isn’t going anywhere until there is a new owner in place.
Other recent reports also throw some doubt on the Martins-Arsenal link. The News of the World today are linking Arsenal with a £10M for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh. Wenger also made a statement about Chamakh. He said,
“If we need to go for a striker he could be one of the possibilities,”
Before he spoke about Chamakh, he hinted that a replacement for Adebayor may already be at Arsenal.
“We have internal player lined up,
“If you look at the offensive players we have, we have Van Persie, we have Arshavin, Rosicky, Walcott, Bendtner and Eduardo. We lost a great player but we have players coming through that play in the same position. The message is to trust the players we have. ”
While Wenger is not one to blatantly disclose information about transfer targets (and Martins could still be an option when Newcastle is sold), everybody is going to have to wait until there is any transfer activity at Newcastle.