Obafemi Martins claims Aston Villa have offered him shock Premier League return

Obafemi Martins claims Aston Villa have offered him a return to the Premier League.

Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins has told The Sun that Aston Villa have made an approach to bring him back to the Premier League.

Nigerian forward Martins, now 31, has enjoyed a stunning time in Major League Soccer, hitting 43 goals in 83 for Seattle Sounders, striking up a potent combination with another former Premier League ace, Clint Dempsey.

With MLS now in its off-season, there has been a suggestion that many of the league's top stars could head out on loan to Premier League clubs, just as Landon Donovan used to with Everton.

Now, Martins has told The Sun that he has been offered a return to English football by Aston Villa around a month ago whilst also claims that one other Premier League club wants him too.

"An interesting offer from Villa was proposed. I was flattered but other things came up," said Martins. "There’s an interest from another Premier League team," he added.

Martins joined Newcastle United from Inter Milan back in 2006, hitting 35 goals in 104 appearances before leaving in 2009, joining German side Wolfsburg.

A spell with Rubin Kazan followed, but Martins was back in the Premier League in 2011, joining Aston Villa's biggest rivals Birmingham City on loan, even scoring to hand Birmingham the Capital One Cup with the winning goal against Arsenal.

Another Premier League would be something of a surprise, but he's been scoring goals in the United States, and Villa need to find goals from somewhere, and a loan deal for Martins could give Remi Garde's attack a boost - if they can seal a deal, having seemingly failed first time around.

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