Friday, July 31, 2009

Martins being thrown to the Wolves + video

English club Newcastle United have accepted a £9 million fee from German champions VfL Wolfsburg for Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins.

It's clear that the guy wanted to leave that bad. Newcastle has not done him a world of good I imagine.

Don't forget that the deal comes less than 24 hours after Wolfsburg coach Armin Veh confirmed his interest in the 24-year-old who joined Newcastle in August 2006 for £10 million from Italian side Inter Milan.

If the switch eventually goes ahead, Martins will be the first transfer in or out of Newcastle since their relegation from the Premier League in May.

The only other first team player to have left Newcastle this term was Michael Owen who left for Manchester United after he was released at the end of his contract.

Anyway, Martins is a firm favourite among Toons and has so far repaid them for their adoration with 35 goals - and numerous back flips. But the lure of featuring once again in the UEFA Champions League is strong within him and his days on Tyneside appear almost up.

Martins featured regularly in Europe’s top club competition all through his time at Inter Milan and was an integral part of the Nerazzurri side that lost out in the Champions League semi finals to city rivals AC Milan in the 2004/2005 season; a season that saw him grabbing five goals in the money-spinning tournament.

Cheers to him!