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Garth Lagerwey confirms Chinese interest in Martins, no deal yet

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Obafemi Martins is not at training camp in California with the Sounders

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Seattle Sounders General Manager Garth Lagerwey has confirmed that Obafemi Martins is not with the club at training camp in Walnut, California, and that there is interest in the Nigerian forward from a Chinese club. "It could take a while to have that resolved," Lagerwey said in an interview with new club radio announcer Matt Johnson, "and there's really nothing we can add at this point."

Lagerwey said that the club hopes to know more by the end of the week, and that this situation doesn't change how the club trains and prepares for next week's CCL match with Club America. "We'll do what we need to do, we have contingency plans. If that third DP spot opens up, it gives us a lot more roster flexibility and the ability to implement our long-term vision for this team."

All of this makes Martins' departure sound rather certain, but Lagerwey dangled the possibility that the deal could fall through: "If it doesn't, then we'll have Obafemi Martins back and that'll be a good thing, too."