Newcastle and Sunderland battle over bizarre deal

Sunderland could be set to launch a bizarre move for Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins, according to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

The Nigerian international spent three years at North East rivals Newcastle between 2006 and 2009, playing under current Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce for a short period.

The Magpies themselves are also credited with an interest in taking the 32-year old on loan during the MLS off-season in order to aid them in front of goal.

The former Inter Milan ace has been impressive on the West Coast of America since arriving in 2013. Last term he notched a decent 16 goals in just 25 games, once again attracting interest from Premier League clubs.

He won the MLS Supporters’ Shield in 2014, as well as the U.S Open Cup the same years while with the Sounders.

Both North East sides are struggling towards the bottom end of the Premier League, with the Toon Army hovering just one point and one place above the drop zone.

The Black Cats are in 17th, within touching distance of their local rivals.