We reported yesterday on Newcastle’s efforts to get Martin Skrtel the former Liverpool center-back to Newcastle and the more we thought about it the better we liked the deal with his current club wanting around £4.8M for the 32 year-old.
Martin is a vastly experienced Premier League player who played 320 times for Liverpool with 18 goals and 6 assists; he is a real threat from corners and the 6ft 3ins defender still has a good three years left in him at the top level.
Martin is also a leader who was popular with the Scouser fans because of his commitment and work ethic and he’s taken good care of himself over the years.
32 year-old Martin Skrtel – Newcastle favorites to sing him
And as we said, the more we think about the potential deal the more we think he can do a job for us over the next three years.
And there’s news in the Chronicle today that Newcastle are now favorites to sign Martin Skrtel and while that’s not too much of a surprise the good news is that Rafa is said to be keen to get sign him for Newcastle as he plans the next stage of his revolution on Tyneside.
Martin played 49 times for Fenerbahce last season, but he is available for transfer as the Turkish powerhouse want to reduce their wage bill for the coming season.
Swansea are the other Premier League club after the 90 times capped Slovakian center-back, but Ladbrokes have us at 2/1 favorites for his signature and that’s dropped from 8/1 from a few days back; Swansea are at 7/2 to sign the player.
The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa is a big fan of the Slovakian who he signed from Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2004 for £6.5M.
We think he would be a great signing and in his career so far he has made 455 first team appearances with 24 goals and 9 assists.