Rafa Benitez Could Sign Experienced New Center-Back Target At A Decent Price


Newcastle are reported to be interested in signing former Liverpool center-back Martin Skrtel, who only left Liverpool last summer and joined Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

The report is in Turkish outlet FotoMac, but it wouldn’t be difficult for any outlet to simply assume Rafa would want the 32 year-old at Newcastle, whether it was accurate or not.

Skrtel is still a good player and maybe a couple or three years at Newcastle would help the stability of our defense and he would certainly add some Premier League experience with Martin having played a massive 242 games in England’s top league for Liverpool in the eight years he was at Anfield.

32 year-old former Liverpool center-back Martin Skrtel

FotoMac are also reporting that Celtic and Swansea may be interested in the player who turns 33 at the end of this year – so he still has two or three good years left at the top level in football.

The fee seems a little high at £4.8M, but Skrtel had a good season at Fenerbahce last season and he could be worth that amount of money to Newcastle over say the next three vital years for the club.

The report details that Swansea and Celtic are also interested in the Slovakian, with the Turkish powerhouse having paid £5M for him last summer.

Skrtel made 49 appearances across all competitions last season and after some reflection maybe Skrtel signing for Newcastle would be an excellent move for Rafa to make this summer.

Benitez signed him for Liverpool from Zenit Saint Petersburg back in January, 2008 on an initial four and a half year deal for £6.5M.

The 90 times capped Slovakian International ended up staying there for eight years and was a huge success for the Reds.

As we said earlier,  the more we think about signing Martin this summer the more it makes sense as a short three year solution that will add immense experience to Newcastle’s back four.

Martin also has excellent leadership skills and is a no-nonsense defender.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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133 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Who bloody mentioned Skirtel! 😆

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Whoops !!

    1
  • Mag52

    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #3

    .

    It’s a big ‘yes’ from me.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Nonsense

    2
  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Someone chop Jazzys fingers off! Lol

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  • toontaff2

    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Ayala, Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger and Jamie Carragher also linked!!

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  • toontaff2

    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Forgot Sotirios Kyrgiakos!

    1
  • jazzyp

    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Shirebrook

    Hey come on man I’m only helping Edd with his links !!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Jazzy
    You’ll be claiming royalties next lol

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Shirebrook

    Well now you mention it lol

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  • Clematis

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Really??? This sh!tc@nt. Sick of all these no-truth rumours of 97 year old Bindipper hasbeens. Not one, other than Aboubakar, Lejoune or Andre Gray, should be touched with a barge-pole.

    We should be hijacking Hudders’ Mooy bid and putting a concrete bid in for Cairney.

    1
  • chicousa

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Has anyone seen LewSpi2.0’s updated list of rumored transfer targets posted lately? Or did the lad finally throw up his hands and give up?

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Clem
    Mooy is nothing special Fernando is at least half the price and a better player

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Chicousa.
    Think he ended up in St Nicholas. Sat in corner of a room rocking whilst trying to blow tissue off the end of his nose. The list really done a number on him

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Chicousa

    Hibbit put a list up the other day mate. I think we taking it in turns on the blog lol

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Think fernando is worth a punt. Especially at 5 mil. After all we have spent more on far worse players!

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  • chicousa

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Shirebrook,
    Ha ha! Not surprised at that at all! Poor lad….might as well try to count the stars in the sky! 😀

    Jazzy,
    If you happen to have hibbit’s list please post it although if it is a couple days old it is now probably woefully short!

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  • Clematis

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Wwsbrd:

    Hey, bud – fernando is 30 in July, will be on at least 100k a week and got plenty of games last season so don’t think he’ll want to leave. If he does, it’ll be to a Champions League team.

    Mooy is 26 and was excellent in the chamo. I’m a season ticket holder and I watched him tear us to shreds. Plus he’d only be on about 30k a week.

    Plus, imagine 2 baaaldy hooers in central midfield…we’d look like Dolly Parton on the Sky overhead tv cameras.

    However, each to their own. 🙂

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Clem
    Mooy is only 3 years younger and not as good I’d far rather he came in that Mooy. Not really bothered wages wise tbh we can afford it especially when saving 5-10 mill on the fee

    Never been fussed by Mooy and telling he’s likely to stay at Huddersfield with no one else overly interested in him

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Clem
    Oh and on Cairney 20+mill can get u a significantly better player surely

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  • Clematis

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Wwsbrd:

    Aye, Mooy is pretty much a done-deal at Hudders. However, I’ve seen enough of him to reckon he’d do a job. I’m not adverse to signing Fernando; just think it’s not viable.

    Cairney? We’d get him for 10m – fulham have no chance of keeping him and the player wants out.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Clem
    Hmm I dunno on Mooy mate reckon he will get found out this season when the play is faster but I think Huddersfield will be found out as a whole…certains for relegation imo

    Did the Fulham chairman not five an interview a week or so ago saying they’d rejected 20mill for Cairney, I don’t think 10 mill would get him unless he puts a transfer request in and its near the end of the window when hopefully we will be done with transfers

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  • kc2012

    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Zero chance were paying £20m for one player. This is Newcastle United, we offer small change, cups of Bovril and packs of custard creams in exchange for players….But id rather that than be a mackem!

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  • hibbit

    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #26

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    ARSENAL

    In

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    Yaya Sanogo – released

    Stefan O’Connor – released

    Kristopher da Graca – released

    Kostas Pileas – released

    Takuma Asano – Stuttgart, loan

    BOURNEMOUTH

    In

    Asmir Begovic – Chelsea, undisclosed*

    Out

    Callum Buckley – released

    Jake McCarthy – released

    Alexander Neale – released

    BRIGHTON

    In

    Pascal Gross – Ingolstadt, undisclosed

    Josh Kerr – Celtic, undisclosed

    Mathew Ryan – Valencia, undisclosed

    Out

    BURNLEY

    In

    Out

    Michael Kightly – released

    Joey Barton – released

    George Green – released

    R J Pingling – released

    Christian Hill – released

    Taofiq Olmowewe – released

    CHELSEA

    In

    Out

    Juan Cuadrado – Juventus, £17.3m

    Christian Atsu – Newcastle, £6.2m

    Asmir Begovic – Bournemouth, undisclosed

    Dominic Solanke – Liverpool, fee by tribunal*

    John Terry – released

    Alex Davey – released

    CRYSTAL PALACE

    In

    Out

    Corie Andrews – released

    Kwesi Appiah – released

    Jonathan Benteke – released

    Fraizer Campbell – released

    Luke Croll – released

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    Ezekiel Fryers – released

    Ryan King-Elliott – released

    Joe Ledley – released

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    Jordan Pickford – Sunderland, £30m

    Davy Klaassen – Ajax, £23.6m

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    Tom Cleverley – Watford, undisclosed

    Arouna Kone – released

    Conor McAleny – released

    Jack Bainbridge – released

    Delial Brewster – released

    Michael Donohue – released

    Tyrone Duffus – released

    Russell Griffiths – released

    Connor Hunt – released

    Josef Yarney – released

    James Yates – released

    HUDDERSFIELD

    In

    Out

    LEICESTER CITY

    In

    Harry Maguire – Hull City, £17m

    Sam Hughes – Chester, Undisclosed

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    Michael Cain – released

    David Domej – released

    Brandon Fox – released

    Cedric Kipre – released

    Matthew Miles – released

    Kairo Mitchell – released

    Marcin Wasilewski – released

    LIVERPOOL

    In

    Dominic Solanke – Chelsea, fee by tribunal*

    Mohamed Salah – Roma, £34.3m

    Out

    Andre Wisdom – Derby, undisclosed

    Tom Brewitt – released

    Jake Brimmer – released

    Jack Dunn – released

    Toni Gomes – released

    Kane Lewis – released

    Alex Manninger – released

    Adam Phillips – released

    MANCHESTER CITY

    In

    Bernardo Silva – Monaco, £43m

    Ederson – Benfica, undisclosed*

    Out

    Pablo Zabaleta – West Ham, free*

    Enes Unal – Villarreal, £12m

    Gael Clichy – released

    Jesus Navas – released

    Willy Cabellero – released

    Bacary Sagna – released

    Billy O’Brien – released

    Ellis Plummer – released

    Angus Gunn – Norwich, loan

    MANCHESTER UNITED

    In

    Victor Lindelof – Benfica, £30.7m

    Out

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic – released

    NEWCASTLE

    In

    Christian Atsu – Chelsea, £6.2m

    Out

    ?Kevin Mbabu – BSC Young Boys, undisclosed

    Florian Thauvin – Marseille, undisclosed

    Matz Sels – Anderlecht, season-long loan

    SOUTHAMPTON

    In

    Out

    Cuco Martina – released

    Lloyd Isgrove – released

    Harley Willard – released

    Martin Caceres – released

    Jason McCarthy – Barnsley, undisclosed

    STOKE CITY

    In

    Darren Fletcher – West Brom, free*

    Out

    Shay Given – released

    Daniel Bachmann – released

    Liam Edwards – released

    Harry Isted – released

    Joel Taylor – released

    George Waring – released

    SWANSEA CITY

    In

    Out

    Gerhard Tremmel – released

    Marvin Emnes – released

    Liam Shephard – released

    Josh Vickers – released

    Owain Jones – released

    Tom Dyson – released

    Tom Holland – released

    Alex Samuel – Stevenage, undisclosed

    TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

    In

    Out

    Filip Lesniak – released

    WATFORD

    In

    Tom Cleverley – Everton, undisclosed

    Out

    Rene Gilmartin – released

    Mathias Ranegie – released

    Ola Adeyemo – released

    Charlie Bannister – released

    Ogo Obi – released

    Rhyle Ovenden – released

    Josh Roe – released

    Treon Johnson – released

    Andrew Thomas – released

    WEST BROMWICH ALBION

    In

    Out

    Darren Fletcher – Stoke, free*

    Daniel Barbir – released

    Zachary Elbouzedi – released

    Callam Jones- released

    Sebastien Pocognoli – released

    Jack Rose – released

    Andre Wright – released

    WEST HAM UNITED

    In

    Pablo Zabaleta – Manchester City, free*

    Out

    Reece Oxford – Borussia Monchengladbach (loan)

    Alvaro Arbeloa – released

    Sam Howes – released

    Sam Ford – released

    Kyle Knoyle – released

    Sam Westley – released

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  • Clematis

    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Wwsbrd:

    Since Mooy is indead going to Hudders let’s hope that I was wrong and let’s hope that overrated team bores its way back down to the chamo!

    To be honest, I just hope we sign a couple of showstoppers as I hope we keep faith with the nucleus of the team.

    I would like William Carvalho, Aboubakar, Lejoune and Townsend.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #28

    We did not offer 20 million for Cairney like. That was absolute bollox. We were scraping around for loans in January so there’s no way we offered 20 million for somebody.

    We probably make an enquiry and were told 20 million. Sounds more believable to me.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #29

    If we’d 20 million to spend in January Townsend would have been signed for sure.

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  • AncientC

    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #30

    I didn’t believe for one moment 20 million was offered for Cairney myself. Benitez specifically name dropped Townsend during the last window… if the club had £20 million to spend on a player of Benitez’ choice – no doubt the club would have gained permission to talk to Townsend.

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  • AncientC

    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Jokanovic was quoted too… wonder what they are up to over at Fulham. Maybe trying to indirectly set the price on Cairney.

    1
  • Belfast

    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Aye exactly. I thought that Cairney story was down to the Fulham manager not speaking perfect English to be honest.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #33

    I didn’t see no quotes from the chairman like just the manager.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Townsend was available for 13 million I think and Benitez was desperate to re – sign him according to some accounts.

    1
  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 24, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #35

    this club will be taken a step backwards it this is the type of player where looking at.

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  • kc2012

    Jun 24, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #36

    I see one of our 18364378456 former targets Will Hughes just signed for Watford for £4.5m. Sure we were linked with a £15m fantasy bid for him not long ago

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  • hibbit

    Jun 24, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #37

    RUNAWAY777
    bet your the life and soul of any party must be being so cheerful that keeps you going
    victor meldrum doesn’t have a look in

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  • hibbit

    Jun 24, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #38

    could never understand what folks could see in Hughes !!!

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 24, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #39

    i dont want townsend..a journey man who had 10 decent games in his entire career.. a guy who rejected rafa (the only manager who got him play good football) to join pardew..after 6 months ffs.. cmon guys.. seriously?

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 24, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Hibbit anybody whos been to my discos will tell you different good bud see you still not getting your facts right told you brigton keepwe left so your just pasting or not keeping with what real going ones

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