Former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins has signed for Levante

Obafemi Martins: Former Newcastle striker has joined Levante after cancelling his contract at Rubin Kazan

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Former Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins has joined Levante on a two-year contract after leaving Rubin Kazan.

Martins recently cancelled his contract with Russian side Rubin ahead of schedule and has now secured a move to Spain.

The Nigerian had been linked with a loan move to West Bromwich Albion in the summer, but is looking forward to a fresh start with Levante.

"The team is doing well and I hope to play well with them," Martins told the Spanish media.

"It is not right to say that I will score a certain number of goals, but I am here and I hope to score many.

"I spoke with [sporting director] Manolo [Salvador] and since then all I wanted was to join Levante."

Following the sale of Arouna Kone to Wigan Athletic, Levante had been searching for a new striker and had been hoping to sign Lassad Nouioui before the Tunisian joined Celtic amid much consternation within the Primera Liga club.