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Newcastle May Go After Former Striker – And It´s Not Carroll

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Nov 25, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1

    So the Club must be behind the Seedorf story in a vain attempt to scare McLaren into action
    “Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren will be given more time and money despite their Premier League position. The Magpies are 17th in the table, one point above the relegation zone. (Chronicle) ”

    Hey Chronicle – stop printing Club Press Releases and get on with some real journalism please

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 25, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #2


    No disrespect to the MLS, but there’s a reason why the worlds elite leagues better players are using it as their final playing destination.

    We have Cisse not getting any significant game time, who we’ve seen time after time is a PL goal scorer when given his chance.

    Most importantly though – how could we possibly fit him in to our 25 man squad?!?

    As for recalling Armstrong, I truly hope that is just bored journalism and not a genuine consideration. Whilst there is an outside chance he could be a saviour, to bank on it is madness, a bit like expecting a handful of promising early 20 year olds to turn around a squad in serious trouble.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Nov 25, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s got an impressive jump on him has Oba. Erratic, but I liked him when he was here.


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