St James’ Park left back and Anfield youngster in exchange rumour.
NEWCASTLE will test just how much Liverpool want left-back Jose Enrique by insisting that promising young Reds midfielder Jay Spearing moves the other way.
PEOPLE SPORT revealed on April 3 that Kop boss Kenny Dalglish was keen to hijack Enrique’s planned move to AC Milan, who remain favourites to take the speedy Spain defender to Serie A.
Liverpool have not been put off – but they might be if Newcastle insist on Wirral-born Spearing, 22, as part of any deal.
He has come on in leaps and bounds under Dalglish in the absence of injured skipper Steven Gerrard.
Toon manager Alan Pardew insists that, despite reports coming out of Merseyside, no deal has been struck with Liverpool for Enrique, 25, whose contract at St James’ Park has one more season to run.
Is Liverpool’s need for a new left back enough to leave them willing to lose an up and coming talent? Newcastle United may well be resigned to losing Jose Enrique and of course Phil Thompson appeared to let the cat out of the bag by stating that a deal to bring the Spaniard to Anfield is a done deal, but Alan Pardew, according to this source, is keen on Jay Spearing being entered into the bargain.
Valuations of the consistent 25 year old full back vary from £8.5m to £15m and AC Milan are also said to be keen on the former Villarreal man who may feel that a move to either club could help the former Under 21 international win his first senior Spanish call up.
Liverpool have a number of left back options but none of which appears to appeal to Kenny Dalglish. Emiliano Insua is out of contract at the end of the season and currently on loan at Galatasaray and Paul Konchesky is also unlikely to play another game for the club. That left Glen Johnson and Danny Wilson having to at times fill in out of position.
Having already signed Andy Carroll from the Magpies, leaving Pardew without an effective attacking replacement, and therefore the Newcastle United boss will clearly be looking to play hardball over any move to sell them Enrique.
Jay Spearing has been improving throughout the season and could offer Newcastle something in the way of long term potential. Pardew has a number of central midfield options whether it’s creative, in the form of Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton (who plays out on the right but is equally able to play in the centre). The Toon Army also has younger options in the form of Danny Guthrie and Dan Gosling.