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.