Newcastle officials will jet out for talks over enforcer, Benitez reunion on cards - report
Newcastle United officials will travel to Turkey this week to discuss a deal for Fenerbahce defender Martin Skrtel, according to a report.
Turkish outlet A Spor has claimed that the Magpies are set for talks about the defender, as they try to bring him to St James’ Park.
It is understood that they will try to wrap up a deal for the 33-year-old, but his high wages are currently an obstacle they will need to overcome.
Skrtel has a wealth of Premier League experience under his belt from his time with Liverpool and was originally signed by current Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez at Anfield.
Football Insider verdict:
Newcastle currently have a brilliant centre-back partnership in the shape of Jamaal Lascelles and Florian Lejeune, but they will need to try strengthen over the summer to build a strong squad. Reported interest in Skrtel is certainly an interesting one and he is a player that Benitez could definitely rely on if he joined the club. The Slovakia international has a brilliant defensive know-how and is a commanding figure in the heart of defence. However, the difficult of trying to negotiate more reasonable wages could be a difficult one and it may not be worth. The ex-Liverpool man has begun to decline in recent years and he would not really be an upgrade on the existing centre-back options at St James’ Park, despite Benitez’s close connection to the player. Newcastle should perhaps be looking for a young upcoming defender to join this summer and could definitely find a cheaper alternative.
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