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Obafemi Martins signs extension with Sounders, ESPN says

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Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Sounder at Heart can now confirm Martins' signing and that an announcement is expected early next week.

Obafemi Martins has established himself as one of the best players in MLS this year and he'll soon be paid like one, too. The Seattle Sounders' MVP candidate has signed a two-year extension that includes an additional one-year option that will just about double his current salary, according to an ESPN report. Sounder at Heart has not yet been able to independently confirm the report, but sources had been indicating for weeks that an agreement was imminent.

Even though Martins had one more guaranteed year on his contract, plus another option year in 2016, re-signing him now makes a lot of sense. With one game remaining in the regular-season, Martins has 17 goals and 12 assists in league play. He's added two more goals in U.S. Open Cup play. Both his league and all-competition goal totals represent Sounders MLS records.

Ever since arriving in Seattle last year after a contentious transfer from Spain's Levante, Martins has been lethally effective whenever healthy. The soon-to-be-30-year-old has scored 25 goals in just 50 appearances, and already ranks second in career goals in franchise history.