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Glenn tips Martins to fill No 9 shirt
Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder is confident Obafemi Martins can become another legend in the club's number nine shirt.
Roeder is prepared to allocate the shirt number to the Nigerian once he has completed a £10million move from Inter Milan.
It has been available since Alan Shearer's retirement at the end of last season and Roeder said: "I know how important it is for the fans to have a number nine, but what is more important is to have a number nine who fills the shirt and can do the job.
"I was a player at the club and you look down over the years and there have been plenty of number nines who could not do the job. It's not the number that scores the goals.
"If he wants the shirt, I would be more than happy to let him take it if that is what he wants. I am sure he is a big enough man to carry it.
"If he has got a preference for another shirt that is available, he can have that one as well.
"But it's not the football boots, it's the person wearing them; it's not the shirt, it's the person that is wearing the shirt. That is what counts."
Club officials were working to tie up the deal as Roeder and his existing squad prepared for Thursday night's UEFA Cup qualifier with Ventspils.
Turkish midfielder Emre knows just how good a player the African is after their time together with Inter at the San Siro.
Emre said: "I played with him for three years at Inter Milan. He's a nice boy and a really quick player and a very good player.
"In the English Premier League, you need quick players. If he signs for us, I think he will be a good signing.
"He's a young player. When he played at Inter Milan, he used to score every time, but Inter Milan have (had) too many good players like (Christian) Vieri, like Ronaldo, (Hernan) Crespo, and every time it changes.
"For him and for us, it would be a big signing."
Emre played his part in the 1-0 win in Latvia a fortnight ago, but knows there is no room for complacency as Newcastle look to complete the progress on Thursday night.
He said: "For us, 1-0 is maybe a big advantage, but we can't think like that. We start at 0-0 and it will be a difficult game for us.
"It will be a very, very important game. We cannot afford any mistakes because we want to go into the UEFA Cup."
Saturday's 2-1 Premiership win over Wigan and the prospect of further new arrivals has increased optimism on Tyneside.
Emre is confident there is much to build on, and said: "In the second half of last season, we played very well and won many games.
"If we had started well, maybe we could have been in the Champions League. This year, we have started well and I am very happy."
My heart = INTER...No Matter Win or Lose...
Zanetti : I still remember my first day at Inter. I arrived with a plastic bag with my boots inside and I crossed the crowd of fans who were asking who I was. That's where it all started.....