Transfer news

Martins pushing for Seattle move

February 27, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Levante striker Obafemi Martins says he wants to leave for MLS side Seattle Sounders as a move would be in the best interests of all concerned.

Obafemi Martins celebrates his Europa League goal against Olympiakos
GettyImagesObafemi Martins wants a move to the United States

Martins, 28, told Spanish radio station Cadena SER on Tuesday that he was not happy with life at the La Liga club and had already spoken with the Sounders about joining them ahead of the start of the new MLS season in early March.

“I am not happy at Levante,” Martins said. “I have spoken about this with the club. It is not about money, but something which is not being fulfilled. I want to go. [The Sounders] have spoken with me, and made me a good offer. I have discussed it with Levante and am waiting on their reply.”

Levante are not keen to sell Martins, who has scored nine goals in 25 games this season, for anything less than the €3 million release clause within the contract signed when he joined on a free transfer from Russian club Rubin Kazan last summer. The club used its official twitter account on Tuesday to state this view.

“Levante are not going to negotiate the exit of any player at this moment and if an offer arrives it must meet the release clause,” said the tweet.

According to Superdeporte, the former Inter Milan, Newcastle, Wolfsburg and Birmingham forward would receive €1 million of that €3 million fee.

Martins said he hoped some arrangement could be reached as cash-strapped Levante were set to make a sizeable profit on him after less than a full season at the club.

“I arrived at Levante for very little money and they will receive more than it cost to sign me,” he said. “That seems good business for Levante to me. It is a good move for me, good business for everyone, and it would be good too for my family to go to the United States.”