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Obafemi Martins says he plans to get Visa in Spain, then sign Sounders contract

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Nigerian striker tells the BBC that the move is essentially completed and that he should join Sounders shortly.

Ian Walton

Looks like we'll have to wait just a little longer before Obafemi Martins is officially introduced to Seattle Sounders fans. The now former Levante striker told the BBC that he's decided to get his Visa in Spain before making the trip to the United States, at which point he plans to officially sign his Seattle Sounders contract.

"It's great to finally get it sorted out," Martins told BBC Sport (and first reported by the Seattle Times). "It had been talked about for a few weeks so it's nice to know where I stand. I can't wait to meet the player, fans and officials of Seattle Sounders."

Not that we ever thought there was much of a chance of it happening, but this really makes it unlikely that Martins will arrive in time for Saturday's game against the Portland Timbers. Martins has also been named to Nigeria's preliminary roster for their World Cup Qualifier against Kenya on March 23. Assuming he actually gets called into that game, the earliest Martins could make his Sounders debut is March 30 against Real Salt Lake.

While that may be a little longer than we'd like to wait, it does seem as though Martins will at least be ready in time for the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. It was determined before the start of the knockout stage that the Sounders will open at home on April 2-4 against the winner of the Houston Dynamo-Santos Laguna quarterfinal.