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Martin Skrtel set for Fernabache move



Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is set for a £5.5m move to Turkish side Fernabache

The 31-year-old centre-back is ready to hold personal talks with Liverpool set to accept the offer from the Turkish giant to bring an end to Skrtel’s eight years at Anfield.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Martin Skrtel of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on December 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The £6.5million recruit from Zenit in 2008 has had a pretty successful career on Merseyside although his performances have slipped in recent seasons and he has fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp.

The German coach has also signed Joel Matip from Schalke and Skrtel is now understood to be surplus to requirements with Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sako are expected to partner the new boy in the Reds’ back four next term.

Skrtel himself accepts that he must take on a new challenge after making 21 Premier League starts, scoring once last season.

Skrtel’s agent this week revealed that the player was considering offers from Fenerbahce and Wolfsburg, as well as a potentially lucrative move to China.

However, Fenerbahce, who were also keen on signing Skrtel last summer, are believed to have an agreement in principle in place and the deal will be concluded after Skrtel’s duties at Euro 2016 are complete.