Former Newcastle and Birmingham striker heading for MLS?

Obafemi Martins 3

Obafemi Martins is a name which will haunt Arsenal fans. Newcastle and Birmingham supporters will remember him differently, albeit with mixed success.

It remains somewhat remarkable, and cynics will say suspicious, that Obafemi Martins remains 28-years-old.

That's because it seems like the Nigerian forward has been around for longer than he has, plying his trade at the top clubs around European football.

He now no longer occupies the heady heights he did as a teenager scoring in the Champions League for Inter Milan, but he is still playing in the Europa League.

He scored the winner for Spanish club Levante in the competition against Olympiakos in the last round, proving he is still going strong.

So it is perhaps a surprise that he is being so strongly linked with a move to Major League Soccer in America, with the Seattle Sounders.

Reports in the US indicate Seattle are seriously considering a move, with Martins playing coy on Twitter over a move without denying it.

Then again we shouldn't be shocked, Martins has become a real 'footballing-nomad' over the past few years. After leaving Newcastle in 2009, where he spent three seasons, he is at his fourth club in four countries in four seasons.

Despite a strong start, scoring 17 goals in 2006/07, his time at Newcastle never lived up to the star billing he was given, part of the side which would be relegated from the Premier League in his final season, scoring eight times.

He then moved onto Wolfsburg in Germany, a season and six goals later he headed to Russia with Rubin Kazan.

He returned to England on loan from the Russians with Birmingham City in the January transfer window of 2011, where he scored the important tap-in to defeat Arsenal after Szczesny and Koscielny handed the chance to him on a plate.

Beyond that he didn't help the Blues avoid relegation, failing to score in the Premier League for them, before heading back to Rubin last season.

Last summer he signed in Spain with Levante to replace Wigan's Arouna Kone, and has been a moderate success, scoring nine times in 27 games.

Due to financial reasons, like many Spanish clubs, Levante deciding to cash in could just be inevitable. In fact the prospect of Martins deciding to stay anywhere, is probably the most unlikely option.

Is Martins an unfulfilled talent? Or has he done well for himself overall?

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