Anfield side close in on want-away St James’ Park full back.
Newcastle have conceded defeat in their attempts to keep Jose Enrique. And that will pave the way for a £5million move to Liverpool to be completed this week.
The two clubs have been in a summer long negotiation over the Spanish left back, after he refused to sign a new deal with the Magpies.
Enrique was fined two weeks’ wages after criticising his north east team’s lack of ambition, persuading Reds boss Kenny Dalglish to step up his bid to land the defender.
Newcastle know they could lose the player on a free transfer if he enters the final season of his current deal without signing an extension, and now they have accepted the need to cash in.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
It appears things are starting to unravel at St James’ Park and the recent decision to release Joey Barton on a free transfer looks likely to trigger the departure of full back Jose Enrique, and Liverpool are set to sign the Spaniard to help resolve their long running battle for a successful left back signing.
Barton appeared to anger the Newcastle United board and given that one of the tweets that the midfielder sent was in defence of Enrique, who had himself made it clear he was not happy with the direction the North-East club was heading in, then it appears that owner Mike Ashley is once again ready to get heavy handed.
Kenny Dalglish has been linked with a move for the former Villarreal man for some months now and indeed former Liverpool player and coach Phil Thompson let the cat out of the bag on the club’s interest some months back and whilst previously reports had stated that Newcastle United were after an unrealistic fee of around £15m, which for a player with one year left on his contract is exceedingly high, now Ashley is ready to sell cheap to secure a quick deal.
Alan Pardew has seen precious little of the £35m the club received from Liverpool for striker Andy Carroll and thus far this summer the Newcastle United boss has spent around £2m on Lille midfielder Yohan Cabaye and picked up Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux on frees.
Pardew also saw his captain leave for Championship side West Ham, so it’s safe to say all is not well at St James’ Park.
Dalglish and his predecessor Roy Hodgson tried a number of options at left back last season, Paul Konchesky did not impress and his mother’s outburst against the club’s supporters sealed his fate and the former England international has now moved to Leicester City.
Both Fabio Aurelio and Emilio Insua have not impressed and Glen Johnson and Danny Wilson have both been played out of position in order to fill the problem area. Jack Robinson is perhaps too young to warrant a regular spot in the first team, though he did seem a solid customer when called upon last term.
Enrique may feel that a high profile move could help him finally pick up his first senior Spanish cap. The 25 year old has represented his country at Under 16, Under 20 and Under 21 level.