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Obafemi Martins reportedly close to signing Sounders extension

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Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe is reporting that Oba will sign a new contract with a hefty raise.

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Obafemi Martins appears poised to get a nice raise. The latest word on the Designated Player's contract comes just 11 days after the first one. Frank Dell'Apa tweeted out that Martins and the Seattle Sounders FC have reached an agreement and are close to finalizing a deal that would be a significant raise.

Martins was already under contract through 2015 with an option for 2016. It is unclear if this is an extension or an entirely new deal.

If the money being reported is accurate, though, it would essentially be a doubling his current salary of $1.75 million per year, but would only move him up to the 8th highest paid DP in the league, from 9th.

Martins is having his best scoring season ever, is on his way to double-digit assists and is probably an MVP candidate on a team that has Dempsey.

Back in June Oba declared his desire to stay in Seattle when he admitted that other teams were inquiring about his services. If Martins played out the rumored extension it would be his longest time on a single team since he was with Inter Milan from 2001-2006.