Liverpool media round-up: Skrtel's agent on contract, striker remains priority, Lucas update

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

A top striker remains the main target for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool Echo reports, with Christian Benteke still being strongly linked with the club. 

In a round-up of the Reds' transfer business so far, the Echo has reiterated that Liverpool won't pay the £32.5 million release clause which Aston Villa are demanding any potential suitor pays.

Furthermore, the paper comments on the rumours surrounding the future of Lucas Leiva with reports suggesting that Rodgers is open to selling the Brazilian midfielder. But the Echo has said any sale should see the Reds go into the transfer market in order to buy another holding midfield player. 

It has been mooted that Martin Skrtel has agreed a new deal, or at least been close to agreeing a new deal with Liverpool for sometime. 

His agent Viktor Kolar said he is likely to sign a new deal on Merseyside, telling Sky Sports: "We have been speaking with Martin Skrtel about the prolongation of his contract at Liverpool."

Kolar confirmed things were positive and the Slovakian is likely to sign a new deal with Liverpool, with the Echo's round-up saying it has been agreed.

Finally, the departure of Sebastian Coates to Sunderland was confirmed on the club's website last night, with some media outlets, including the Guardian, reporting a fee between £2 million.

Coates spent last season on loan at Sunderland and failed to get any regular game time during his time at Anfield after signing for the Reds four years ago.

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