St James’ Park boss forlornly hopes Spaniard will not make Anfield move.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits Jose Enrique is likely to leave.
The Liverpool target has refused to discuss new terms with the Spaniard.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: “At the moment, it looks like he doesn’t want to deal with us.
“We have been asked to make him an offer, but there has been no progress since then. I still hope we can do something but at the moment, we are still waiting for Jose.
“I don’t think there’s anything more I can really add on that situation at this stage.”
Liverpool’s pursuit of Spanish left back Jose Enrique has been well chronicled and Phil Thompson’s TV assertion that the Anfield club had all but signed the defender may have been ill advised but seemingly not incorrect. There apparently is already a proposed offer from the Merseyside club of around £8.5m and after landing Sunderland youngster Jordan Henderson it wouldn’t be a bad bet to state that another player from the North-East may be on his way to the club.
Kenny Dalglish is keen to bring in a first choice left back after a number of options failed to make an impact last term. Paul Konchesky failed to impress and Emiliano Insua spent much of the season out on loan when his proposed move to Fiorentina fell through. Jack Robinson has impressed when called upon but at 17 is not ready to be thrown in at the deep end.
At times Danny Wilson and Glen Johnson filled in as a last resort but the Liverpool boss wants to rectify the problem this summer and Enrique’s abilities in defence as well as in attack have been noted and his partnership with Jonas Gutierrez is an important one to Newcastle United and Alan Pardew will try his hardest to prevent the Magpies from losing another top performer to the Anfield side, having sold Andy Carroll to the club back in January.