Oba and out? Not likely if Martins is allowed to live his dream of joining Shearer and Co
Another day, another story linking Oba Martins with a move away from Newcastle.
It might sound like a crazy idea but if you were to actually listen to the man himself in his two years on Tyneside so far, then it would be quite obvious that the only way Martins will leave St James's Park is if the Magpies allow it to happen.
On numerous occasions Martins has at least told this writer he is determined to stay and become a real legend.
At the end of last season he clearly proved how humble he was when he said: "I am not a real legend yet, Shearer is a real legend but I'm not one yet."
Martins isn't stupid and appreciates the power of the number 9 shirt, he knows about the players that have worn it before him and wants to join them.
He'll probably be the first to admit that last season overall the player was below par compared to his first season when he struck 17 goals.
It made last year's tally of 10 seem disappointing but 27 in total in black and white isn't a bad start.
And when you consider that Newcastle's strong (ish) run towards the end of the season featured Martins in fine form alongside Mark Viduka and Michael Owen, if all three are fit then surely KK's front three pick themselves?
Or at least they earned the right due to the late season run in which they re-captured the imagination of the Toon Army.
We know Viduka will start the season with injury trouble but Martins looks likely to be fit for the start of the season.
Viduka's absence could be the chance for Andy Carroll but despite a pretty gloomy summer so far, United aren't short on firepower.
And despite "interest" from Arsenal, Martins' dreams of being a true Toon legend remain intact for now...
WHAT DO YOU THINK?