This Reported Target Unlikely To End Up On Tyneside This Summer


Newcastle have once again been linked with former Liverpool center-back Martin Skrtel in the Turkish press, which isn’t always accurate in some of their stories.

The report is in Aspor and Fenerbahce would like to sell him to get his high wages off the wage bill at the Turkish club.

Newcastle were also linked with Skrtel last summer, but nothing came of the many reports coming out of Turkey at that time.

33-year-old Fenerbahce center-back Martin Skrtel

Here’s a translation of some of the comments in the Aspor report:

“The managers of the Premier League team Newcastle will head to Fenerbahce, and meet Skrtel this week.”

“The management will seek agreement with the English club because of the high salary of the 33-year-old stopper.”

“England Premier League club Newcastle United coach Rafa Benitez wants Skrtel to join the squad.”

“Managers of the British team have come to Istanbul this week to learn how to get a deal struck with the Fenerbahce Administration.

“The Fenerbehce administration has also been advised to transfer a footballer who is 33 years of age with a high salary.”

“Martin Skrtel has been criticized by fans for his last season’s performances.”

A couple of things are worrying in the report – one is that Martin turns 34 in December.

The other is that he is said to have had only a mediocre season in Turkey last term.

This could be the Turkish press attempting to help sell the player, and we would be shocked if the former Liverpool star ends up on Tyneside this summer.

Mike Ashley would not like to bring in a 33-year-old with high wages and past his best.

Until we hear otherwise, it still seems that Mike Ashley is the decision-maker on transfers at Newcastle – as bad as that is.

Comments welcome.


51 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 7, 2018 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Who’s got a score prediction for tonight? I reckon 3-1 England, Vardy with 2, Rashford the other.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 7, 2018 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Why’s it being played at Ellen’s Road, is it to give experience of a different ground, why’s it not a full team as well?

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  • Pottsclock

    Jun 7, 2018 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #3

    I think it’s being played at Elland Road because Southgate wants the team to acclimatise to hostile racist chanting is a language that the players will not understand…..with a bit of post-match hooliganism.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 7, 2018 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Holy crap that was some strike…

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 7, 2018 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Pottsclock,
    I thought that too.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 7, 2018 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Pottsclock

    Is that not a description of Jib ??

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 7, 2018 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #7

    They can’t get close to Rashford. He must love playing for a team where he’s allowed to express himself. I thought he’d had a quiet season, but maybe he was playing to instruction.

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  • Pottsclock

    Jun 7, 2018 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #8

    I forgot to add….and the Stadium of Light was not available

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 7, 2018 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #9

    I have to say the atmosphere seems much better than when they play at Wembley. I’d love to see England play on the road more often, particularly at St James’

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 7, 2018 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #10

    That Rashford is some player.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 7, 2018 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Tuff, I like the fact he’s not afraid to try something. Even when he lays the ball back he wiggles his foot before he passes, puts doubt in the mind of the defenders and automatically gives his team mate an extra half a second to play with. He’s creating space for others, they’re just not quite on his wavelength. Good performance from him so far.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 7, 2018 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Two moderations, oh well, hopefully they’ll come out later. I used two different versions of the f word neither of which seem to have passed the test.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 7, 2018 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s being played at Elland Road to get used to crap pitches and racist chanting they will no doubt get in Russia!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 7, 2018 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Anyway of to watch the match, probably fall asleep.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 7, 2018 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Man U should be building their team around Rashford instead of thet goon Pogba!

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  • Online Guy

    Jun 7, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Tynemouth

    That was a brilliant post and a great read yesterday on the subject of Wor Jib bieng an automated agitating git computer answering stir the shite machine.

    The world has now got Alexa who makes so many gaffes it’s laughable . Cousin of Jib ?

    We of course have the ever argumentative contrary Jib . You know Tynemouth you could be right in this world of computers and tech.

    Shame about the Jib model, I don’t think they will ever iron the laughable Gaffes out !

    I once asked Alexa to explain the offside Law …she had no idea either.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 7, 2018 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #17

    England could do well. They can even win it with the luck that quite often takes unlikely teams to titles in Cup Competitions. It’s in Europe of sorts, which makes a European team most likely the winner. The hosts are a bit of a long shot, and no Italy or Holland to contend with. Solid group of EPL players, with some genuine quality in attacking areas. You might think though it’s more likely they’ll come undone against a better midfield, central defence and keeper. Those 5 players generally determine the winner of games, the others the margin.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 7, 2018 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #18

    If the first goal was an individual stunner, that second was a lovely team goal. If dele Ali can create something like that every match, harry kane will score the goals we need to do well

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  • Online Guy

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Statement from the club earlier, ” we took a financial gamble to gain promotion from the championship at the first attempt “.

    I say would it not be better to take the financial gamble and spend some real money on some top players from a position of strength when in the prem league and not be relegated and down in the 2nd division (it is) in the first place. Make sense ?

    Spend some money and back Mr Benitez Ashley.. better than relegation and financial gambles to climb back up again.

    Ashley is playing games with Rafa right now.. He is in a dangerous position .

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  • Online Guy

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #20

    We lost the true England player years ago ..a player who would piss blood after the match like the rugby lads, This came about with the crazy inflated wages and greed that all top club players succumb to ,when there’s money on the table and it’s 200 thousand quid a week or near !

    Do you think that they are going to bust a gut for the national team ? They want to get back from international duty fit for the club that pays them astronomical sum, and the win bonuses that being in the first eleven can bring.

    The team that lost to Iceland was the most spineless gutless spent force of an England team I ever had the misfortune to watch .

    England will be on the plane home in short time. Don’t put any money on them.

    I say all of the above in the hope that I fall flat with my opinion and we win the world cup…ha ha aha …. just seen something pink flying past at high altitude.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Reckon your boys will do well. Manager is changing style which takes balls. Should have brought shelvey but semi final v possible.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Munster,
    Fortunately Rafa isn’t in charge of the Spanish team so you could have a right whinge at their chances with that has been in charge, but then again it would never happen as there’d be riots in Madrid and Barcelona if he was appointed!

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Munster, not so much changing style as implementing the England blueprint which all the young players have been working with since they were 16. That’s why the likes of Alexander Arnold and Marcus Rashford look comfortable, they’ve been playing the same way in the same system with each other for years. It’s starting to come together, but this tournament is a little early.

    Worth mentioning that Arma and Woody have both been through the same system… Sadly for him, Shelvey hasn’t.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #24

    All these player being put up by ed and next line dont think they will finish up with us whats the point, think most fans only want to no who is coming in no disrespect ed but what is the point.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 7, 2018 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Anyone else rather we went for maddison of norwich then stories of grealish…..hope all the lascelles talk is bull….or at least if true,he goes for mega stupid money to help build the team….still not a concrete signing looking like happening anytime soon…hate this time in the transfer window….patience is not my strong point!! Lol

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #26

    Springy, yes I’d like Maddison, definitely over Grealish who I’d struggle to trust. I wonder if we made an agreement to leave their players alone in order to take Murphy. Just seems strange we aren’t being linked with either Maddison or Josh Murphy. don’t know if that’s likely however.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 8, 2018 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #27

    Lascelles being sold I only have one word for that.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 8, 2018 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #28

    Hope that makes my position clear!

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 8, 2018 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #29

    Robleenio
    Seen maddison a few times on the box last season and seems a canny player,good passer,quick thinker and can run with the ball..josh murphy looks like he has pace and good feet,but probs still a little raw so with us desperate for a top class striker…or 2,they myt be leaving him to play in that division for a bit….thats if we are actually interested in signing him at all like.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 8, 2018 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #30

    Yeah I like Southgate, despite not picking Shelvey and Lascelles, which would have been great for them, although not to be. He had a distinguished playing career at both club and International level, and now has a long coaching career within the England set up, rising through the ranks and the system to the top job. A young modern coach and manager with a clear idea of how he wants to play, and a composed and intelligent guy. Good luck to him and the group. I think they might surprise.

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 8, 2018 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #31

    The silly season has arrived early.
    TV money has clearly turned the heads of clubs valuations of players.
    By my reckoning Lascalles value has gone from a once quoted £7million to £70million. That’s hyper inflation.

    A few highlights this morning

    Tottenham are to test Aston Villa by making a bid for 22-year-old English midfielder Jack Grealish, who is valued at £40m. (Telegraph)

    Tottenham will end their pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 25, after being quoted £70m to sign the Ivory Coast international. (Mail)

    Negotiations between Manchester United and Spurs over Toby Alderweireld, 29, are deadlocked as Spurs want a fee in excess of £55m for the Belgium defender.

    Manchester United and two unnamed Chinese Super League clubs have all made £35m bids for Benfica’s Brazilian midfielder Anderson Talisca, 24. (O Jogo – in Portuguese)

    West Ham are in talks to sign Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson, 25, who is valued at £44m .

    The Hammers have placed a £60m price tag on forward Marko Arnautovic, 29, with Manchester United interested in the Austrian. (Mirror)

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 8, 2018 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #32

    loch,
    If we did sell Lascelles for 40M, which personally I don’t think will happen. Who are you supposed to replace him with.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 8, 2018 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #33

    Jail you obviously didn’t read Bobby’s advice to you yesterday, or his more logical understanding of why I have got to like Rafa so much. Not sure you would be capable of either understanding or accepting it though which is a pity, as all you do now is essentially shout (completely erroneously) ” munster hates Rafa” every time I post. Not only are you incorrect, you are also coming across as somewhat obsessed. If your are asking a genuine question, no I don’t think management of Spain wud suit Rafa right now because he wouldn’t have the daily player interaction he enjoys. Maybe when he’s older. I’d roll out the red carpet if he ever fancies managing Ireland. In the meantime I’d be grateful if you gave up the crank behaviour but if it suits you to continue being odd, work away.

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  • Mag52

    Jun 8, 2018 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #34

    AO.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 8, 2018 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #35

    Loch it wud be bonkers to sell him now. Rafa will put too much emphasis on solid centre half pairings to let that happen unless he has a brilliant and well priced replacement. Lascelles doesn’t have a cap and he hasn’t played for a top 6 club so 40k might be ambitious anyway

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  • Mag52

    Jun 8, 2018 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #36

    While I have suggested Lascelles be swapped in a part exchange with, say, Kenedy or Loftus-Cheek, it’s not because I want to see him gone, but because, under Ashley, the purse strings are so tight that only when we can identify a club which really wants one of our players can we expect to do any business with them in this player swap sort of deal.
    Incidentally, how good did Loftus appear last night !

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 8, 2018 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #37

    I have a feeling that negotiations between Rafa and the club will stall shortly as they have taken far too long anyway. Maybe the best we can wait for now is a solid budget and maybe more sky cash next year for a uefa cup place. That might keep rafa but how it can take this long to agree a budget and a short and medium term ££ for u23 development program and facilities upgrade is beyond me. This might be the best job available to Rafa in the UK, but it won’t look like it when West ham and wolves etc start splashing out.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 8, 2018 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #38

    Mag52 I’d find it hard to lose lascelles for kenedy in return. Lascelles I’d a rock and kenedy cud get flake, even with Rafa to look after him. What’s annoying is that Rafa and recruitment team may have a bunch of players like merino to sign at good prices but no action yet. And the world cup will be a further problem to signings. Maybe Rafa knows something about Staveley etc and that’s why he isn’t making noises?

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 8, 2018 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #39

    Jail – the answer is no one.
    We wouldn’t be able to as Lascalles epitomises an understanding of what playing in the black and white shirt for 52,000 fans, Rafa and the City means. In a similar way I think Kennedy has tuned into that as has Dubrovka.
    That sort of passion Is a priceless commodity and I don’t think we can replace Lascalles and his leadership just instantly nor should we.

    It’s intangible – the Welsh use the phrase “Hwyl” to describe the aura that hangs in the air when a situation is often so electric that you can feel it – SJP has it in abundance.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 8, 2018 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #40

    Ashley has never backed a manager since the day he arrived, so why would he do it now, I don’t think that Rafa would walk, not in his make-up but I do not believe that he will sign a contract either and he will be gone next summer, and what happens then is anyone’s guess.

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