Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Napoli Line Up Skrtel Loan Switch

Napoli hopes to conclude a loan deal for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, according to reports in Italy.

Since taking over as Napoli manager Rafael Benitez, has already signed one of his former charges at previous side Liverpool in Pepe Reina.

The Spanish goalkeeper arrived in Naples on a temporary deal this summer, but Benitez may be lining up another raid on Anfield with a move for Skrtel.

Liverpool signed three centre-backs over the transfer window, suggesting Skrtel does not figure in manager Brendan Rodgers' plans.

Mamadou Sakho, Tiago Ilori and Kolo Toure all arrived on Merseyside, where a partnership of Sakho and Daniel Agger is believed to be the most likely first-choice defensive pairing for the rest of the season.

The Slovakia international defender is expected to be open to a departure from Liverpool, where he has become something of a peripheral figure.

Napoli meanwhile, is understood to be on the lookout for loan recruits with which to improve their backline. Reports in Italy suggest Skrtel remains the number one priority, but Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya is also being targeted.

The Serie A side has made a positive start to this year's league campaign under Benitez, wining two matches from two games.

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