Anfield club said to have deal for St James’ Park man done and dusted.
Phil Thompson claims that Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Newcastle defender Jose Enrique.
The left-back has been on the Anfield radar in recent months with the Magpies expected to command a fee exceeding the £6.3million they paid Villarreal to secure his services in 2007.
Enrique is also a target for AC Milan but former Kop captain Thompson, speaking during an appearance on Norwegian television, understands that talks to make the 25-year-old a Reds player have been finalised.
“From what I’ve heard, yes the deal has been done and he will come to Liverpool,” he told TV2.
“It’ll be interesting because he’s done very well. He had a difficult first season coming into the Premiership a couple of years ago but he really understands the game now.
“He’s one of those full backs who is good going forward but he’s also a good defender and I think that is the main thing.”
Enrique has held off talks over extending his current contract at St James Park, which expires in 16 months’ time, until the end of the season.
SOURCE: Click Liverpool
Liverpool are known to have been tracking 25 year old Spaniard Jose Enrique for some time and it seems that former legend Phil Thompson may well have let the cat out of the bag with his statement. Newcastle United will be loathed to lose another of their prized possessions, especially after having lost England international Andy Carroll in January.
Kenny Dalglish has been looking for a new left back and if he has secured the Magpies defender then he will have secured a very consistent performer indeed. With Emiliano Insua and Paul Konchesky out on loan and unlikely to return Liverpool had to look to bring someone in and would probably have preferred to have done so during the transfer window.
Glen Johnson has on occasions been forced into filling in on the left but now that impressive youngster Martin Kelly has been ruled out with a long term injury the left back slot has been a problem area. Danny Wilson played in that position in the defeat at West Brom but Fabio Aurelio may well be fit enough to resume duties.
Alan Pardew may well be worried that a number of his top performers may look to leave the club if they feel that owner Mike Ashley is not forthcoming with moves in the transfer market and the club’s supporters are keen to see the £35m made from the Carroll sale reinvested.
In recent weeks Joey Barton has reportedly been linked with a move away from the club and Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez will not be happy about the possibility of losing Enrique as the pair have worked well in tandem on the left for a while now.
Some sources quote the fee that Liverpool will pay at around £8.5m.