Napoli are closing in on a loan deal for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.

Naples media sources say contact been made and Napoli are confident about a positive conclusion to the negotiations.

The Azzurri want to take Skrtel on a season-long loan with the option of signing him permanently in June for a set fee.

Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has already brought goalkeeper Pepe Reina to Napoli on loan from his old club since taking charge earlier in the summer.

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