Striker 'very happy'

Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins says he is "not going anywhere" despite a summer of speculation linking him with a move away from St James' Park.

Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins says he is "not going anywhere" despite a summer of speculation linking him with a move away from St James' Park.

The 22-year-old Nigeria international, who has a £13 million (about R182 million) release clause in his contract, was thought to be a possible target for Arsenal.

But he told the Newcastle website: "I will keep my mouth shut. I am still a Newcastle player. I am very, very happy here, so I am not going anywhere."

Martins signed from Inter Milan last summer for £10 million (R140 million) and enjoyed a successful first season, scoring 17 goals.

It emerged at the end of the season that Martins had a clause in his contract allowing him to leave if a club bid R182 million but he has joined fellow striker Michael Owen in committing himself to Newcastle.

However, Newcastle look set to lose winger Kieron Dyer after manager Sam Allardyce left him out of his squad to face Celtic in last Thursday's friendly.

Newcastle won that game 4-1, with Martins opening the scoring and Albert Luque adding two more. - BBC

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