So far both clubs have refused to comment, and given how ‘almost done’ deals tend to fall through at the last minute, you had best not get too excited if you are a Newcastle United fan.
Having said that, Martins will be a very important signing for Newcastle –
I’m close to moving to Newcastle despite all the initial setbacks.
Eighty percent of the deal with Newcastle is completed.
Playing in the Premiership has been a long-term ambition and I am extremely delighted with the prospect of concluding that in the next couple of days.”
The question is, will Martins solve Newcastle’s problems? For all the promise Luque has shown, Roeder will have only two regular strikers AFTER Martins arrives (the other one being Ameobi). Martins (plus a defender) will help Newcastle challenge effectively for 5th and 6th place, but they need to dig in for the long haul and pray that when Owen comes back he’s good enough to play again.
Source: BBC Sport