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Wellington Phoenix's move for Obafemi Martins falls through

A Wellington Phoenix bid to sign veteran Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins to a marquee A-League contract has failed.

Former Inter Milan and Newcastle United star Martins will make it a priority to recover from a long-term leg injury while still on the books of Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

The Australian intermediary between Shenhua and Phoenix, agent Ante Alilovic, told SBS the 33-year-old wasn't tempted by the offer.

"I don't think the A-League is a serious option in terms of what he can earn...

Brian Idowu & five Nigerians to score on their debut

Brian Idowu became the latest Nigeria international to score on his debut when he found the net in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over Argentina in Krasnodar, but which other Super Eagles also marked their first appearance with a goal?

Here are five players to have achieved the feat before the 25-year-old FC Amkar Perm defender.

Julius Aghahowa made the Nigeria squad for the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations as an uncapped 17-year-old.

The then-Esperance forward was highly rated heading into the competition based...

Seattle Sounders complete Obafemi Martins transfer to Shanghai Shenhua

Obafemi Martins is joining Shanghai Shenhua of the Chinese Super League.

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Sounders have completed the transfer of forward Obafemi Martins to Shanghai Shenhua of the Chinese Super League for an undisclosed sum.

The Sounders announced completion of the awaited move on Thursday. Martins signed with Seattle as a designated player in March 2013 and scored 40 goals in 72 total appearances with the Sounders.

Martins left the Sounders during preseason training in California and announced his intention to move to Shanghai Shenhua on Feb. 17. The 31-year-old...


Seattle Sounders' Clint Dempsey backs Obafemi Martins' right to leave

Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey has told reporters that forward Obafemi Martins was within his rights to leave the club for a lucrative offer from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, and counted the Nigerian among his favorite to play with.

The 31-year-old Martins, who had been with the Sounders since 2013, will reportedly move to the Shanghai club for a transfer fee of around $3 million, according to an ESPN FC source. 

Martins scored 40 goals and added 23 assists in 80 league and...

Obafemi Martins says goodbye to Sounders fans ahead of China move

Obafemi Martins has posted on social media that he has decided to leave the Seattle Sounders and join a Chinese club in Shanghai.

Martins posted a lengthy goodbye to Seattle on his Twitter account Wednesday night. Martins said it's "time for a new challenge" and that he has decided to join Shanghai Shenhua of the Chinese Super League while thanking Seattle for his opportunity with the Sounders. The Sounders had no comment.

Seattle Sounders' Obafemi Martins a Chinese Super League target - sources

Nigeria international Obafemi Martins could be leaving the Seattle Sounder for the Chinese Super League, according to sources.

The surge in spending by teams in the Chinese Super League could be about to affect Major League Soccer, with Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins now a target, according to multiple ESPN FC sources.

One source with knowledge of the negotiations emphasized that the situation involving Martins is fluid, but that the Nigerian has attracted interest from multiple Chinese clubs. The source added that Martins is by no means the only MLS player to be pursued by teams in China, though declined to elaborate...