By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Middlesbrough are ready to offer Martin Skrtel the chance to stay in the Premier League, according to a report.
The Liverpool centre-back is set to leave Anfield this summer for £6million and has attracted interest from a number of foreign clubs.
The Sun claim newly-promoted Boro now have joined the race to sign the 31-year-old centre-back, who has slipped down the pecking order at Liverpool.
Skrtel was overlooked in the final months of the season in favour of Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and veteran Kolo Toure after struggling for form and fitness following the arrival of Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
The Slovakia international was the first-choice centre-back during Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool reign and even signed a new three-year contract last summer.
But he missed three months of the season with a hamstring injury suffered against Watford in December and then made some error-strewn displays when he returned briefly to the team.
It is said that Boro manager Aitor Karanka has identified Skrtel, who has been at Liverpool for eight years, as a key summer target as he looks to bring some Premier League experience into his squad.
According to Skrtel’s agent Karol Csonto, there is also interest in him from Turkish side Besiktas.
The Slovakian has another two years to run on his lucrative Liverpool deal and his wage demands are likely to be a key factor in his summer destination.
In other Liverpool transfer news, reports in Italy have claimed the Merseysiders are weighing up a sensational bid to re-sign Pepe Reina.