English Premiership

Martins EPL return blocked

2012-07-06 19:27

London - West Bromwich Albion's attempt to sign Obafemi Martins on a loan deal has been blocked.

The player's current club, Rubin Kazan will only be ready to sell the 27-year-old striker and for a fee of £3 million, it has been reported.

Also, West Brom are unable to meet the wage of Martins believed to be around £40,000 per week.

It is not the first time that the Baggies are swooping for the Nigerian forward as they had moved for him in January 2011 before Birmingham City snapped him up.

The relationship between Martins and Rubin Kazan have reportedly grown cold and the Russian team are ready to sell him for £3 million after signing him two years ago for €17 million from VfL Wolfsburg.

Martins has struggled at the Russian club especially last year in which he suffered a broken fibia and lost his elder brother, Oladipupo, who died on August 8, 2011.

The striker, who has played at Newcastle United in the past, wants to return to England.

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