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The Rumour Mill – Marvin Martin

Marvin Martin in action for Sochaux

Marvin Martin With the club having made a handful of successful acquisitions from France in the summer, no one will be raising any eyebrows if Pardew manages to lure Marvin Martin from struggling Sochaux.

Operating predominantly as a central midfielder, it is clear why Martin has been branded “Little Xavi”. The 24 year old’s passing ability is outstanding, notching an incredible 17 assists in 37 games in the 2010-11 season. It is clear that any team would benefit from such creativity in abundance which Martin provides to his club.

The Parisian isn’t unacquainted with the big occasions either. He has represented France 9 times since his debut in May 2011, in which he racked up 2 goals as a second half substitute in a friendly against Ukraine. It is also likely that Marvin will be playing at the European Championships for France, so do keep a look out for him when he plays England.

Being a young lad with heaps of talent at his disposal, it would be easy to assume that Martin’s signature would have significant financial implications on our club. Well, think again. Sochaux currently sit 18th in Ligue 1 and on the verge of relegation. If they were to go down, Martin’s price tag would deflate drastically. Sounds perfect, but it isn’t quite. Because Marvin Martin on the cheap will attract Europe’s elites in an instance, with the likes of Arsenal and PSG ready to pounce if Sochaux were to be consigned to the second tier. Demand could also soar if the Frenchman has a stormer of a Euro tournament.

His physical shape could also pose a problem in the Premier League. Martin stands at 5ft 7in and weighs a mere 63kg. If he isn’t willing to pack a punch, he could struggle in the English game.

But with his unrivalled passing abilities and creativity shown in Ligue 1, there’s no doubt that Newcastle United would be acquiring a brilliant player if he decided to make the switch to the North East.

Current Ability: 3.5/5

Likelihood of signing: 3/5

Transfer Value: £14m (significantly less if Sochaux are relegated)

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