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Obafemi Martins probably not going to Bournemouth

Don't be surprised that transfer rumors are starting to swirl around Martins.

Jennifer Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Obafemi Martins is coming off a MVP-caliber season and is in the midst of quite possibly the best soccer he's ever played in his career. Say what you will about the level of competition, but Martins is currently leading MLS with six goals -- in just seven games -- and he's scored 15 goals in his past 19 regular-season contests, dating back to last year. More than just the numbers, Martins is doing it with a world-class flair.

Given all that and his European pedigree, it should hardly come as a surprise that his name would be mentioned as a potential transfer target.

We can now add recently promoted English side AFC Bournemouth to the list of rumored suitors.

The report claiming Bournemouth's interest in Martins is flimsy, at best, even calling it speculation. Even without the vague nature of the report, Martins probably isn't the kind of player Bournemouth will be targeting during the club's first foray into the English top flight in 125 years.

During their rise from League 2 into the Premier League, Bournemouth has resisted big spending and focused mostly on building from within. Martins sure looks like a player capable of playing at that level, but for the money it would cost there are probably better values. Martins is, after all, 30 years old, four years removed from his last short stint in the Premier League with Birmingham City and six years removed from being a regular with Newcastle.

Putting aside this specific rumor, though, it's not surprising that Martins' name would be mentioned and this is probably not the last one we'll hear. The good news is that Martins seems perfectly happy with the Sounders, the Sounders seem perfectly happy with him and if the two decide to part ways it will likely prove a lucrative choice for both sides.

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