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Martins Joins Wolfsburg

Obafemi Martins has sealed his move to Bundesliga Champions Wolfsburg according to the German club.


Obafemi Martins-Will join exciting German side

Martins was pulled out the Leeds game at the last minute amidst rumors of a possible deal to Wolfsburg. Today Wolfsburg have announced that Martins has signed a four year deal. He will join the Champions League newcomers in what has to be an exciting move for Oba.

We wish him luck as he was a popular and exciting player. His wages were just too high to maintain in the Championship and no one can fault him for joining a burgeoning side in Wolfsburg.

There is also news that Manchester City are in the race to sign Sebastien Bassong. While Bassong’s wages are not a problem, it seems he is determined to play in the Championship next season.

Since Seb is so young and promising maybe a loan deal could suit both club and player in hopes that Newcastle will be back up next season. This is highly unlikely since Ashley could easily net about £9M in a deal for Bassong after paying only £500K for him last year.

148 comments so far

  • Eaststander

    Aug 1, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #81

    Good nite like Rodzilla Ha Ha

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 1, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #82

    Looks like Rodzilla was on the strong stuff last night! lol.

    Aye so thats Oba, Mo and the dukes and sky reported Habib Beye handed in written xfer.

    Just think this time next week I shall be quing to get on the bus to gan to west brom.

  • Darling27

    Aug 1, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #83

    This is a great deal for us. He won’t be missed at all. Ranger will fill his boots no problem!!!

  • ian

    Aug 1, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #84

    No Owen and Viduka definately out.

    Remember our games with no Oba on the pitch, they were the worst I ever watched.

    We should have offloaded even if it meant small wage subsidies as many of the rubbish as possible as their total wage bill would be multiples of the saving of Oba.

    The only way to stay high in the championship is to get goals and loads of them, you will all hang your hopes on Carroll, Ameobi and Nile Ranger??

    You reckon Ashley will sell Oba and buy a better player??

    You are kidding yourselves.

    The stadiums will be empty next year.

    Plus Shearer had Oba on his exit list until he saw how Owen played for him, then he changed to Viduka and an injured Oba but too late, otherwise he would have tried Nile Ranger in his first game.

    I fully expected this as every other decision made is poor it is no surprise at all to me.

    How any of you knowing what you do about football think this is a better move I do not know.

  • Ericles

    Aug 1, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #85

    I would like to cremate Ashley and he ain’t dead yet!

  • magforlife

    Aug 1, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #86

    Its good the clearout has started but it needs to continue and i have evrything crossed that Ameobi and Butt are on that list but who would buy the camels?
    Also this has to be a clear sign that the club is being sold so root and branch surgery with a new manager creating a fresh team, am i the only one that is absolutely dreading Ameobi leading the line this season with Smith behind him doing naff all?

  • Nick 69

    Aug 1, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #87

    it was nice to see tht bobby still mean so much to the likes of kieron dyer, although I still, and will always consider him as one of the main reasons the bobby was sacked and treat so badly!! throwing down the armband and refusing to play for bobby which lead to the board sacking him cos he’d ‘lost control’ of all the young prima donna’s

  • magforlife

    Aug 1, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #88

    Nick69 – well said, include Bellamy and the rest of the brats as well, they were a disgrace, good footballers but let Sir Bob down big style. Shepherd wants to shut his gob as well the hypocrite as should most of the press who were like a pack of wolves when he was England manager.

  • ian

    Aug 1, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #89

    I agree Nick 69 regarding Dyer and the armband, but remember too Shearer was there and couldnt get to grips with the players, it could be said in the Robson and the Souness years that Shearer could not help the managers control the dressing room, which is equally as bad.
    Yet he is top choice manager now.

    Our games without Oba were our worst yet somehow it is going to be better when he is gone, some funny thinking around here.

    Carroll was a wonderboy in the reserves, stacked goals high, but useless at Norwich, I do hope we have a legend in the making with Nile Ranger because we are expecting everything to come from him, no Oba to take away two defenders.

    My prediction unless they buy someone who is proven we will be below half way in the championship, if every striker fails, which they might, we are relegated again.

    The championship is about goals, Nolan, Jonas, Smith, Taylor, Carroll, Ameobi, Barton, Duff all low on goals.

    No hope.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 1, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #90

    ian carroll has never been at norwich, and i think you will find, he scored one goal, and the preston fans really liked him, id also like to add this was two years ago when the lad was only 18.

  • ian

    Aug 1, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #91


    Not Shepherd shutting his mouth about Booby, he voted to keep him, it was Sir John Hall and he still couldnt let it drop, he said ‘if we had got him three years earlier’ so he still thinks he did the right thing getting rid of him!! Saying that on the day Bobby left us!!
    Bobby did great things for us and Hall upset him more than anyone by taking a club off him which he loved when he was succesful.

    A someone else pointed out, only Abramovich with millions upon millions managed to equal and pass what Sir Bobby achieved, says it all.

    But I also remember a lot of fans saying it was the right thing and now they are saying different.

    Some never learn as they are saying the same when Oba is going.

  • ian

    Aug 1, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #92

    Geordie gerrard that is correct, I have Norwich on the brain with roeder, anyhow his goalscoring went right off, hardly a number one striker.

  • slazberger

    Aug 1, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #93

    I can’t see seb going out on loan. i think he only has a year left on his contract so could leave on a free after this season.

    if this is the case we should offer him a new deal and sell him if its rejected.

  • simon376

    Aug 1, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #94

    I liked Oba as he had a touch of the unknowing about him, but I do think this is good business for us and will be for the best. I don’t know if he could have handled the CCC. We signed him from Italy and very little contact over there. He came and played in the Premier League and that was so much faster but he has the speed to cope. But in the CCC it’s going to be rough, don’t know if it would be the right style for him.

    I can understand him wanting out, who here if you were working for a company on a downward spiral wouldn’t move to another job if an offer was put in front of you? Yes he is payed big money, but there is no loyalty from both sides, like any of us, in his line of work he is just a number to the company, maybe not the fans but yes to the business.

    Looking back to this time last year, Keegan was getting slated for the repots he wanted Henry and Beckham. No doubt just press rubbish, but don’t we all wish he had got them? If he had, we would have been in the UEFA cup or whatever they call it these days.

  • slazberger

    Aug 1, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #95

    Who do you guys think should get the number 9?

    Current player? possible new signing?

    imo the number should be reserved this season with the hope of getting promoted and then signing a top striker next year.

  • magpie6699

    Aug 1, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #96

    I don’t understand the people saying it was a “bad move” to sell Martins – as though we have so much choice!
    We are in the championship! We cannot afford to pay £5oK+ per week to players. Think they are all going to agree to half-pay to stay with Newcastle? Several have already been angling for, or had their agents working on a transfer – do we want to have disillusioned players on whacking wages playing half-heartedly at Doncaster etc.? Every month that goes by leaves us several million out of pocket – less able to buy replacements, whoever they are.
    Of course (irony) the answer is for us to go and get the right players – I want Arshavin, Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney. Oh and O’Neill or Wenger as manager. Oh and an Aston Martin. And that bird who advertises tee-shirts.
    Let’s get some realism about our situation here, see who we can keep and who we might get in who’s got skill, pace AND is affordable – and support he Toon always!

  • ian

    Aug 1, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #97


    I think i am being realistic, thank you.

    Reality is we couldnt even hold our own against promoted championship sides which could not afford to spend on decent premiership players.

    There is no ‘floor’ or bottom which we have reached and now can only go up, we can freefall out of this table to.

    We should have tried to offload even with subsidies the no good premiership players first, at the end of this we may still go in to administration but we could have gone in to administration with two or three half reasonable players without a club who may have played for the rest of the season for us.

    We have done the age old Ashley trick sell the stuff that will sell last minute, before we have a replacement and keep the old rubbish.

    That is not a good sale tactic yet it is done every single transfer window, it has been our downfall to date and we keep doing it.

    We have a load of premiership players who are rubbish still on the books who in total dwarf Martin’s wages.

    £200m debt, we have managed all transfer window to sort £9m, lost the best goalscorer in the process but who needs them in the championship, anyone will do.

  • magpie6699

    Aug 1, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #98

    Ian – I agree if this was the last day of the window it would be a token gesture and a bad move – but it’s not, there are still 30 more days I believe. A long time in football. I remember my hopes crashing over about 7 days when the Keegan fiasco happened. Let’s stay positive and hope for good things to come – but recognise we are where we are, even if you wouldn’t want to start from here!

  • magforlife

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #99

    Just seen Lambias live on SSN, not once was he asked about the current plight of the club and at the end the reporter said – oh well i will let you get away to catch your flight to London?
    I thought we were playing in Dundee today?

  • True fan

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #100

    just been watching SSN and the interviewer was interviewing llamibarse about Bobby Robson then the interviewer said, ‘we’ll let you go as you have said you need to get back to london pretty quickly’, i wonder what he meant by this, just going home? takeover meeting? any thoughts?

  • True fan

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #101

    magforlife, just saw that 2 mins ago as well

  • Big Dave

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #102

    Ian i can see where your coming from, I was a big Oba Fan but if he doesnt want to be here there is no point trying to keep him

  • Big Dave

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #103

    True fan what was asked of lambs arse ? did they ask how the sale is going ?

  • True fan

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #104

    no unfortunately, he was just saying how big of a loss it was for the club and everybody associated with football, but at the end he said, ‘we’ll let you go as you have said you need to get back to london pretty quickly’ then lambiarse left

  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #105

    we play Dundee tomorrow and maybe that was a hint for the takeover 🙂 ………

  • True fan

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #106
  • magforlife

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #107

    Dan4toon – its 3 o clock kick off today

  • magforlife

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #108

    Sorry, tomorrow

  • magforlife

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #109

    Truefan – the news just gets better and better but who is going to sign him, he cant run, pass or shoot.

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #110

    Just heard Freddy Shepherd on Talksport and when questioned about his thought on what is happening on NUFC he replied “I cant talk about it”.

    Probably because he has a bid or something in.

  • True fan

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #111

    i hope he realises that nobody wants him and he retires, although i think it would be a good idea to have him as a coach as he has the experiance of playing at the top level, especially with man utd and he maybe picked up things from him, so he could be a good mentor tot he younger people

    i just hope llambiarse flying to london quickly was to do with a takeover, as he said it could be completed by next week

  • batty

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #112

    True fan // Aug 1, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    just been watching SSN and the interviewer was interviewing llamibarse about Bobby Robson then the interviewer said, ‘we’ll let you go as you have said you need to get back to london pretty quickly’, i wonder what he meant by this, just going home? takeover meeting? any thoughts
    <<<< no hes just rememberd hes got a chicken cooking in the oven

  • RyanToon

    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #113

    lamb madras been on today? or is it the one from yesterday?

  • RyanToon

    Aug 1, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #114

    just flicked on sky, whos that fitty on there 😉

  • ginkoh

    Aug 1, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #115

    First class attitude but lack of ability.
    Enough ability but less attitude.
    Youngster with ambition but lack of experience.

    It’s the 3 type of our players.

  • True fan

    Aug 1, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #116

    it was live today where llambiarse was talking, so hopefully there will be news by next friday, preferably earlier on the takeover

  • toonarmy_72

    Aug 1, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #117

    Hi All,

    Something interesting today…..

    1. I too saw the interview on SPN, and heard the bit about getting back to London, and it was recorded today…

    2. Listening to TalkSport this afternoon about 12:20pm, MP was talking to Fred Shepherd about SBR… As we all know FS and SBR were good mates even after he sacked him.

    The Question asked was “In the last few months, did you talk about Newcastle with SBR and the sad and tragic state the club is in at the present time?” FS replied “We spoke but I cannot make a comment on the state of Newcastle United at this present time” and the interview was ended with a memory of SBR as a fan of the club….

    I find the response about not being able to make any comment very interesting. Log on the talksport website and listen to the interview again if not sure!

    RIP SBR.


  • True fan

    Aug 1, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #118

    anyone remember when just before the leeds game i said on an article that when i went down to SJP to get leeds tickets for me and the family i saw freddy shephard coming out of the main reception, well the interview with him links as when i asked him if he was buying us he said ‘i cant comment’

    im gettin increasingly convinced that he will buy us, i dont want him to but at least he’ll be better than ashley, at some level

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 1, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #119

    Fryin’ pan/Fire?..

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 1, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #120

    Toon Army 72 –

    I heard it too. Makes you think.

    Could it be FFS is the head of a consortium?

    Who knows. 7 days 4 hours and 3 mins til season kicks off for us.


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