Throughout the summer the media kept reminding us about the buy-out clauses in Michael Owen’s and Obafemi Martins’ contracts with Newcastle United. Speculation increased despite both players pledging their allegiance to Newcastle, with each of the top four buying strikers this summer and widely tipped to make a move for one of the two Newcastle forwards.
However, Sam Allardyce is on record as saying that he had no approaches for Owen or Martins. Why is that? Why didn’t any club go after two of the best strikers in the Premier League?
With Martins, it may have been a question of attitude and with Owen it could have been his injury-prone past. However, considering the prices paid for strikers and players these days, 9m and 13m are not bad investments on quality finishers.
In my view it could have been the wages they’re receiving at Newcastle that put potential suitors off, but it’s still a question worth asking – why didn’t any other Premier League club move for these two star strikers?