Rangers pursuit of Martin Skrtel has been given a boost following a claim in the Turkish media that Fenerbahce will allow the defender to leave at the end of the season.

Earlier this week we covered reports that Rangers have tabled a bid for Skrtel as Steven Gerard looks to be reunited with his former Liverpool teammate.

Rangers have already seen David Bates agree to join Hamburg on a free transfer this summer and with periodical doubts over Bruno Alves’ future, Gerrard may need to bring in a central defender.

Sporx say Rangers will offer €4.5m to Fenerbahce and that Gerrard is the main factor behind the pursuit of the Slovakia international. It’s also claimed the club are ‘very close to accepting’ the offer.

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The Turkish website repors Fenerbahce are happy to let Skrtel leave due to his age and current wages. Skrtel currently earns €4m per season with the Turkish club and his departure would aid them with their wage budget.

Rangers have already signed Scott Arfield from Burnley and the Turkish press believe Skrtel could follow him to Ibrox.