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Rumor: Obafemi Martins on Sounders short list

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Former Serie A and English Premier League star Obafemi Martins is rumored to be on the Sounders FC radar. He hasn’t dipped much in form since his peak, as he plays for Levante in La Liga right now.

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Seattle Sounders FC has been recently linked to a number of current and former stars playing in Spain. The latest is Obafemi Martins, who made a name for himself playing for Inter Milan and Newcastle United, as well as the Nigerian national team.

Along with his boatload of goals in Italy (49 in 137 games at Inter and Reggiana) and England (37 in 110 appearances for Newcastle and Birmingham City), Martins is known for his acrobatic goalscoring celebration:

If leaving England for the German Bundesliga, Russian Premier League and Spanish La Liga can be called a decline, then Martins hasn’t been in top form since 2009. Indeed, a stress fracture in his leg in 2011 slowed him down considerably, but that came after he scored the Carling Cup-winning goal for Birmingham while on loan from Rubin Kazan.

So far in the 2012-2013 season, Martins has seven league goals. That's tied for seventh in the league, in a spot that also holds Malaga’s Javier Saviola, another forward that has been linked with the Sounders recently.