PREMIER League clubs Newcastle United and Sunderland have been linked with signing Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins on a short-term loan deal in the MLS off-season.

Obafemi Martins
Obafemi Martins

The Magpies have been goal shy this season and manager Steve McClaren is reportedly keen to bring Martins back to St. James’ Park, where he played for three seasons between 2006 and 2009.

Current Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce worked with Martins during his spell at Newcastle and is well aware of the West African’s abilities.

In three seasons in the MLS with the Seattle Sounders, Martins has scored 40 goals and registered 23 assists.

He was also a runner-up in the voting for the 2014 season’s MVP (Most Valuable Player).

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