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Martins adds zest to Wolfsburg attack

Published: Friday 31 July 2009, 19.05CET
VfL Wolfsburg have announced the signing of Obafemi Martins on a four-year deal, the UEFA Champions League debutants agreeing to pay Newcastle United FC a reported €10m for the Nigeria striker.
Martins adds zest to Wolfsburg attack
Obafemi Martins has left Newcastle for Wolfsburg ©Getty Images

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Published: Friday 31 July 2009, 19.05CET

Martins adds zest to Wolfsburg attack

VfL Wolfsburg have announced the signing of Obafemi Martins on a four-year deal, the UEFA Champions League debutants agreeing to pay Newcastle United FC a reported €10m for the Nigeria striker.

VfL Wolfsburg have announced the signing of Newcastle United FC striker Obafemi Martins from Newcastle United FC for a reported €10m fee.

Four-year deal
The 24-year-old Nigeria forward has signed a contract running until summer 2013 at the German titleholders in time for their UEFA Champions League debut. He previously played in the competition for FC Internazionale Milano, who signed him from AC Reggiana in 2001, before moving to Newcastle three years ago, suffering relegation last season. Martins said: "I am happy that the transfer has worked out. The Bundesliga is one of the strongest leagues in the world and I am happy to be able to play for the German champions."

Perfect match
Wolfsburg coach Armin Veh added: "This is exactly the type of player we have been looking for to complement Grafite and Edin Džeko. Not only is he fast, but he has also proved that he is dangerous in front of goal. As he can also be played on the wings, we now have the option of playing with two or three attackers. Given his young age, he has already plenty of experience in Italy and England and knows the Champions League." Wolfsburg, who enter the UEFA Champions League in the group stage, begin their Bundesliga defence next Friday at home to VfB Stuttgart, but their season opens tonight in the German Cup first round against SV Wehen Wiesbaden.

Last updated: 02/08/09 1.39CET

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