Liverpool Defender Martin Skrtel Close To Completing Napoli Move

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Liverpool fans could be set to wave goodbye to centre-back Martin Skrtel after reports emerged from Italy that the player is close to securing a move to Napoli.

Italian newpaper Gazzetta dello Sport are claiming that Skrtel is close to joining up with his international compatriot Marek Hamisk after the Slovakian midfielder took a prominent role in persuading Skrtel of the benefits of Napoli.

Skrtel is also set to join up with a few more familiar faces having previously worked with the club’s manager, Rafa Benitez, at Liverpool as well a re-uniting with former Kop goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

It is expected that Skrtel will initially join on a season-long loan deal with the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

Skrtel was widely expected to leave Anfield this season after falling out of favour with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

He found himself regularly overlooked for a place in the starting eleven during the second half of the season in favour of Jamie Carragher, despite the Liverpool stalwart retiring this summer due to his advancing years.

The club have since gone on to sign Ivorian centre-back Kolo Toure from Manchester City, persuading Skrtel that his future lies elsewhere.

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