Sounders working to acquire foward Obafemi Martins

The Sounders have made no secret of the fact that they are hoping to acquire another forward to play up front with Eddie Johnson, and that they are willing to spend big to do so.

And now it appears Seattle has identified that player, and that it could soon be adding forward Obafemi Martins to its roster. Martins, 28, currently plays for Levante, a club in Spain’s top league, and the team’s leading scorer (if you happen to get beIN Sports, you can watch him play for Levante at 2 p.m. PT today).

A team source has confirmed that a Sounders official is in Spain trying to get a deal done to bring Martins to Seattle, and said the team is “very interested” in the Nigerian striker. Reports first surfaced last week that Seattle was interested in Martins, and Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl first reported that the Sounders had representation in Spain working on a transfer.

Signing Martins would mean freeing up a designated player slot, and there have been plenty of indications that Christian Tiffert is on his way out. Seattle opens its season on Saturday, and would have to buy Tiffert out before the opener. Getting a deal done with Martins, however, could happen after the season starts.

Martins, who has made 38 appearances with his national team, scoring 18 goals for Nigeria, has played in all four of Europe’s top leagues, spending 2001-2006 in Italy (Inter Milan), 2006-2009 in England (Newcastle), 2009-2010 in Germany (VfL Wolfsburg) and this season in Spain with Levante.

More in Sports

Monroe’s Kyle ‘a complete big man’

The senior can dominate on both ends of the floor.

Seahawks need Rawls to do the unthinkable — slow down

Line coach Tom Cable thinks the RB, who will get yet another chance Sunday, is pressing too hard.

Even 2 decades later, 1997 Apple Cup still resonates

Twenty years ago, WSU erased 67 years of heartache with a 41-35 win over UW in the Apple Cup.

Carroll: Seahawks cut Freeney over ‘cap concerns’

The Seahawks, who are up against the salary cap, save $400,941 by waiving the veteran defensive end.

Five storylines for 2017-18 prep boys basketball season

Five storylines to watch from the local boys basketball scene this winter:… Continue reading

Hart sets franchise shutout mark as Silvertips defeat Tri-City 3-0

The Everett Silvertips are thankful Carter Hart is back. Hart… Continue reading

Local quartet lifts the playoff-bound CWU football team

Four Snohomish County natives start for the 11-0 Wildcats.

Trump calls father of freed UCLA player an ‘ungrateful fool’

He complained again that LaVar Ball hasn’t credited him for the release by China of three basketball players.

Wesco and Cascade Conference athletes honored

Check out the 2017 all-conference teams.

Most Read