Oba and out!
At last it looks like Newcastle United fans can celebrate a new striker.
Is he 21? Is he 28? Is he from Cameroon? Is he from Nigeria?
My opinion is nobody will really care how old he is or if he comes from Mars - as long as he scores goals.
And so it appears to be Obafemi Martins who will join Shola Ameobi and Albert Luque in their mission to bring goals to Newcastle.
With 28 goals in 88 games ObagoalÃ¢ÂÂs record seems good enough to me considering Serie A is usually a League dominated by defences.
We did hear that Portsmouth tried to get Martins with a last gasp bid but perhaps it would have been too dangerous for he and Lomana Lualua to be on the same pitch as each other given their identical backflip goal celebrations!
Realistically I donÃ¢ÂÂt think Pompey had a sniff of getting Martins once the Lagos-born star knew United were in the hunt.
I mean be honest, playing at crumbling Fratton Park every fortnight with no European football or running out in front of the Gallowgate in front of 52,000 and UEFA Cup football to boot.
It isnÃ¢ÂÂt bad is it?
I think ÃÂ£10million is a fair price for Martins and when you look around on what was available and what else was on offer it could turn out to be a shrewd buy by Glenn Roeder.
Roeder has admitted he wanted pace in his team and especially upfront, now I believe he has got that in Martins.
The United boss will also give Martins the choice to wear number 9.
Should he accept I think that is massive statement from the player and indicates he can live with life in the big time.
His education has come at Inter Milan watching the likes of Ronaldo, Vieri, Adriano, and Recoba amidst the backdrop of the San Siro which all also bodes well for the future.
Good luck Obagoal - the whole of Tyneside is behind you.