Liverpool morning media round-up, midfielder could leave if another arrives, Skrtel contract talks

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club in the media this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool may allow Lucas Leiva to leave the club if they land Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

Having been linked with Inter Milan over the weekend, the Mirror's report links Lucas with a reunion with former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli on loan for the rest of the season.

However, the Liverpool Echo reported over the weekend that there was no chance the 28-year-old Brazilian will be allowed to leave Merseyside on loan.

Coming back to the Mirror's report, they say that Liverpool will look to land Delph during this transfer window with his contract expiring at Villa Park at the end of the campaign, though as already pointed out, it seems to contradict the Echo's reporting from the weekend. 

It has been widely reported by both the national and local press that Liverpool will open contract talks with central defender Martin Skrtel.

The 30-year-old's current deal expires at the end of next season, with the Liverpool Echo reporting the deal will be 'long-term'. When fit, Skrtel has always been selected by manager Brendan Rodgers this season having had an impressive campaign last term.

Winger Oussama Assaidi has departed Liverpool for the Al Ahli in the Middle East, the club have confirmed. The Moroccan had been on loan at Stoke City for the season but that loan has been terminated in order to make this deal a permanent one. Reports suggest the Reds will receive close to £5 million for the player they bought for £2.4 million two-and-a-half years ago.  

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