Would Newcastle Be Interested In This Liverpool Defender?

There was news yesterday that Liverpool’s 6’3″ center-back would be willing to consider a move away from Liverpool this summer.

martin skrtel

Martin Skrtel – would consider leaving Liverpool

The 28 year old Joined Liverpool as a 23 year old from Zenit St. Petersburg in January of 2008, and he has since played 206 times for Liverpool with 9 goals, but this year he lost his place to veteran Jamie Carragher, who retired form Liverpool at the end of the season, after playing a massive 737 times for the Reds – his only club.

Martin has played 208 times for Liverpool with 9 goals and 61 times for Slovakia.

If you lose favor with Brendan Rodgers, that may be your Liverpool career right there – as Andy Carroll quickly found out, which is why Martin is probably considering a move.

And since Alan Pardew has said he wants to recruit players with Premier League experience, maybe Skrtel would be a candidate for Newcastle, although he may be a bit old at 28.

This is what the Liverpool player told Slovakian newspaper Dennik Sport:

“I have not had any specific offers. But if some should come and they interest me, I would probably ponder it seriously,”

“The club has the biggest say in this in any case, because they have the right for it with me being contracted.” “I do not want to be that specific, I am not saying that I want to leave at any cost,” he continued.

“I feel sorry for what happened in this season. But I have been here for five-and-a-half years and I have built a position here.”

Martin is prone to make mistakes at the back, and he may be no better than the four center-backs we already have at Newcastle – Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

What do you think?

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64 comments so far

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 26, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #1

    for 7M or less, but would have sakho or alderweireld over him

  • LeToonARMY

    May 26, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #2

    I AGREE^^

  • TimKrulFan

    May 26, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Look at premier league strikers instead Bent,Benteke,Defoe,Long,Zamora,Remy,Kone and Muchu.

  • LeToonARMY

    May 26, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Comment #4

    My team for next season:

    ___________Ben Arfa______________

    GOUFFRAN- You get my drift

    Only two non French speakers, but what a squad. Lets get Bony and Sahko for 20 mil and we’re laughing IMO This squad could hit the prem by storm Next season . goodnight

  • Guj NUFC

    May 26, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Skrtle is what we need, Height!!!!!!!!! The tallest player is currently Williamson? And he won’t be playing regularly + scoring from corners.

  • stuart no9

    May 26, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    Comment #6

    silly season is upon us again ! he lost his place to a ” veteran” to a player who is now retired ? must be good then ! stop being silly people.
    We should be buying quality , not other teams rejects.
    Youll be talking about a straight swap for ben arfa next ! lol.

  • thai-mag

    May 26, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #7

    skrtle is rubbish, so we will buy him, and already we are down to our 3rd choice striker, we wont get him either

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    May 26, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #8

    I’ve finally worked out the big problem!!

    We keep trying to play our ‘purple players’ when anyone who has ever played PES before knows that players on a purple down are absolutely awful!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 26, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #9

    I’d like a statement on Colo?

    What on earth is going on here.

    There is no discussions, either he is a Toon player or he isn’t.

    What is going on NUFC?

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    May 26, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #10

    @Toon-Prodigy – I agree. I can’t believe the arrogance of San Lorenzo and his father to think we’d let our best defender and captain simply leave for free to go to Argentina When if it was an English club that wanted him there would obviously be a substantial fee!

    For once I hope Ashley’s greed and stubbornness helps the club by not letting him go anywhere unless a big fee is offered.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 26, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #11


    Completely agree, they are like vultures that have been circling simce January.

    I think us fans deserve to know what is going on here.

    Lets not draw the situation out, really, he is either staying or he isn’t.

    The people who matter inside the club must no.

    Spill the beans..

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 26, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Chris Samba. Replacement if needed? Would he fit?

    Daily Star is running the story.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 26, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #13

    May 26, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #14

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  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    May 26, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Crikey, 100 grand for Samba? No Thanks!!

    Seeing that one absolutely abysmal game he had against Fulham (I think) and the other poor games for QPR show he’s probably not up to it any more.

    Plus he’s 30+. Really wouldn’t want him signed compared to other better prospective signings.

  • cyprus

    May 26, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Colo has been a good servant to the club, stuck with us when we were relegated etc. Leave the balance sheet aside and give him whatever he wants. If his kids are in Argentina, we’ll hold him to ransom? Come on.

    On players in-out, as far as I’m concerned, we need an overhaul. This group of players, although brilliant individually, sucks as a team.

    The easiest solution would’ve been for the coach to leave, but since that can’t happen, we need new ideas.

    Only, please hold on to HBA.

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    May 26, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #17

    *100 grand a week that is….

  • 89Norcal

    May 26, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #18

    Some other CB’s we’ve been linked to…

    Amido Baldé
    Height: 6’3”
    Vitoria Guimaraes – Portugal

    Ashley Williams
    Age: 28
    Height: 6’0”
    Swansea City

    Aurélien Chedjou
    Age: 27
    Height: 6’0″
    OSC Lille

    Kevin Wilson
    Age: 27
    Height: 6’2″
    Celtic FC

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 26, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #19

    I doubt we will ever see the Toon paying 100,000 a week wages again.

    Not that im complaining. Got us nowhere in the past.

    If Colo goes though, we will need a quality centreback in. Be difficult to fill the void

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 26, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Seriously hope samba is BS he was an embarrassment for QPR no where near the fee they would want and defo not the wages he’d want

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 26, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #21


    Who would you go for?

    Don’t know about yourself, but im tiring of the foreigners, I think we need some English lads in.

    I can’t escape the point where we need to balance it up a bit.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 26, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #22

    I’ve said for a while if colo goes if go for Williams but think £10 would put us off

  • Dubaigeordie

    May 26, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #23

    In my opinion i think we should sign Skrtel if collo does in fact go, because Skrtel is a ver no nonsense cb and has a lot of height so can give us that sense of an ariel threat again from corners. As for experience this is exactly what we need 206 games under his belt shows he is used to the pace of the premier league!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 26, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #24


    Well he deffo knows the league.


    I’d take him for a tenner aye 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 26, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #25

    People still talking about Berbatovs sale as a turning point for Spurs,we sold a local lad for a pure profit of 35M and his ‘ replacement’ for a profit of 7M yet we were almost relegated.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 26, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #26

    That’s because spurs reinvest that window, not 2 windows later….

    Lol yeah my bad!

    If colo goes we def need someone with experience

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 26, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #27


    The boards incompetence and gambling has wrote us off as a club this season.

    Any other club would be looking to push on last summer not not us.

    As much as people would like to blame the football, tactics, interviews, there is something seriously wrong upstairs.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 26, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #28

    Yeah Ashley has made mistakes – biggest last year not investing heaverly in the squad.
    Newcastle lost the plot when Hall and Shepherd were in charge.
    We were a top two or three team playing in the European Cup.
    Instead of re-investing on the playing side they decided to take money out of the club issuing shares etc.,
    Gradually we sunk lower and lower season after season owing millions could only get a bank loan at interest of 11%

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 26, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #29

    EPL experience is overrated if you ask me!

    …we need players with EL or CL experience and of course experience from their National team – preferbly experience from one of the major National tournaments).

    We have players with EPL experience as it is and it doesn’t take that long to get a hang of it.

    It’s the culture and languagebarrier that can be the problem. Buying French last season should not have been a problem – and I still don’t think that was the problem.

    But hi, if Pardew need yet another excuse than who am I to say otherwise!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 26, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #30

    Very true mate, but the club will never move anywhere if when we have a chance to push on, like finishing 5th, we stand still and undo the last couple of seasons work!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 26, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #31


    Let’s be honest here. Being handed five players who do not speak English in January during a relegation battle or a club that has been underwelmed with support from the board is a difficult task.

    Did this club really deserve that after last seasons efforts?

    It’s got to be said, and I don’t mind saying it. It’s a disgrace.

    The football club should never of been put under this amount of pressure.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 26, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #32

    J4A…we were not almost relegated because we didn’t buy an expensive forward or becasue we didn’t replace Ba in January.

    It was a major gamble that was uncalled for, but it didn’t almost relegate us! The rot comes from within and it has been here for a while.

    It is everything down to poor judgement from owner to manager; arrogance all around; poor tactics, subs, playing players out of possision; catering to Ba, not replacing Ba; being too cocky when dealing with transfers and gambling; very poor form; a manager not being able to drop players out of form.

    It has all been one evil circle of bad calls and poor judgement!

  • Ben3arfa

    May 26, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #33

    Wilfried Bony seems like a good finisher with an eye for goal but he seems too similar to Cisse. If he is brought in I see him as a replacement for Cisse if the reports linking him to Dortmund are true.

    I think the ideal and initial addition to our strikeforce should be Amido Balde, seems like an awesome hold up strikers who is powerful and brings other players into the game . Notches up some good goals as well, hed certainly be an upgrade to Shola!

    Here’s a highlight reel of his play


  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 26, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #34

    Prodigy…I am nothing but honest.

    We were not in a relegation battle when January started. And maybe we should look at why we were there in the first place.

    I said before the .january transfer window that buying new players won’t help squat because it is not the main problem.

    But since they did buy players thry did right by buying French because we already had half a team speaking french.

    They would fit right in – English or no English.

    You can by all the players you want this summer with EPL experience and it won’t change a damn thing!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 26, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #35

    How is that for honesty?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 26, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #36

    Agree we have to push on – should of last year – but my worry is we have missed the boat.
    Hopefully the board have learn’t their lesson and go the extra mile even breaking their wage structure and only players under 26 yrs old to bring in better players and players with experience.

  • beddersmag

    May 26, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #37

    I really dont think epl experience is overrated. The list of foreign players who have taken a year or two to adaptand sbow their true class is too long to mention and includes quite a few toon players, current and former.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 26, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #38


    No need to snap, I apoligise if it looked as if I was saying your opinion was dishonest. This wasn’t meant.

    We were in serious trouble through until January because of an ill equipped squad, then handed five players who don’t speak English.

    It’s a big job, even sir alex would faulter with.

    The problems this club have had to deal with stem from upstairs and filter down.

    If you setup for failure, then you cannot expect anything else.

  • 89Norcal

    May 26, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #39

    At this rate, having another French CB wouldn’t do much harm.

    Where we need PL experience or English talent is in our attack.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 26, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #40

    Completely agree mate, especially when buying in the January window, it was a huge gamble to bring 5 players who had CL experience but no league experience and it nearly cost us big

    If colo leaves, and we replace him with say sakho, we go into the league with an unrecognisable back 4 even from the start of last season!
    You need that clarity and experience that a player like colo brings, think its a but naive to underestimate it, when have you ever heard a player say this is an easy league to slot into??


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