As reported by Fotomac, Newcastle United are interested in a move for Fenerbahce defender Martin Skrtel this summer.
With Rafa Benitez looking for defensive reinforcements in his bid to guide the Magpies to a comfortable finishing position in the English Premier League next season, it seems he’s set his sights on a player he knows well from his time at Liverpool.
The Spaniard signed Skrtel for the Reds in 2008 where the defender enjoyed a fantastic few years, even winning the club’s Player Of The Year award in 2012.
Now 32 years of age the Slovakian international is coming off a fine campaign in a Fenerbahce shirt, helping them qualify for Europe with consistent defensive performances.
However, Newcastle fans are divided on whether he will add anything to their first-team set-up. Some see him as an excellent addition who can add a lot of experience to the side while others reckon he’s a cheap option well past his prime.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all…
#nufc we are skint, hence not breaking transfer record, loan moves and cheap buys for guys with prem experience like skrtel! Nervous season!
— Steven (@ldstevenuk) June 24, 2017
— Vikki #24 (@VikkiBarcode07) June 23, 2017
Now we're talking. Anita and Colback out, Samaris and Fernando in! Get Lejeune and Skrtel At CB and move Shelvey closer to no10
— davidlabelle7 (@david_labelle) June 23, 2017
How many more ex Liverpool are we going to get linked with was reina and Lucas last week be Gerrard and carragher next
— jay (@jayshelton09) June 23, 2017
Added to the other 13,869 players who are coming in, we'll have a formidable squad next season! ?
— Bristol Magpie (@BristolMagpie) June 23, 2017
Cheap and has decent Premier League experience, and would cost less than Ciaran Clark. Why not?
— jon-michael. (@BROKENJagsFan) June 23, 2017
No thanks. Skrtel is a thug and we have better players than him
— Sal Sheikh (@SalSheikh69) June 23, 2017