Allardyce vows to keep Martins from City and Villa

Last updated at 13:27 09 January 2008

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has insisted striker Obafemi Martins is not for sale amid reports both Aston Villa and Manchester City are monitoring his situation.

The Nigeria international, who is currently away at a national team training

camp in Malaga ahead of the African Nations Cup, was heavily linked with a move away from St James' Park during the summer after it was revealed there was a £13million get-out clause in his contract.

However, Allardyce said: "We have had no contact with Villa or City about

Obafemi Martins, but I can tell them - and anybody else, for that matter - that he is not for sale."