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Liverpool closing in on left-sided duo
Liverpool – Ashley Young and Jose Enrique both close to Anfield deal
Liverpool are close to securing the signings of Ashley Young and Jose Enrique to help solve their left-hand side problem, reports the Guardian.
The dupe have been heavily linked with a move away from their respective clubs in recent weeks, and it seems that the Merseysiders have got their men.
Young, who has also been attracting attention from Manchester United as well as Liverpool, has refused to discuss his future until the end of the season after enduring a difficult year at Villa Park.
Enrique meanwhile, a shining light in Newcastle United’s side, was last week linked with the club after former Liverpool assistant manager Phil Thompson claimed the deal was done.
Young is rated at £18 million, while the Spanish full-back is expect to move to Liverpool for £15 million.
SOURCE: Give Me Football – Official PFA Website
Liverpool clearly seem a far more healthier proposition under Kenny Dalglish than they did during the brief, but memorable, Roy Hodgson reign. Recent results against Man City and Arsenal went further to show that the Merseyside club will be up amongst the top four next season and that is why they appear to be leading the chase for this impressive wide pair, at least according to this source.
Ashley Young has been strongly linked with a move to Man United but perhaps given that Sir Alex Ferguson has Luis Antonio Valencia and Nani as his first choice wingers such a move may not be necessary whereas Liverpool could well do with effective wide options.
Currently Dalglish is having to make do with the likes of Maxi, Milan Jovanovic and Joe Cole as wide options and having sold Ryan Babel, arguably the club’s only out and out winger, Liverpool would love to land the England international who has been a big his on the national team stage of late.
Jose Enrique would resolve the left back problem area the club currently find itself in, although the performance from youngster Jack Robinson against Arsenal was very assured for a player of just 17 years of age. Fabio Aurelio has struggled with injuries and was probably only brought back to the club as a back up. The likes of Emilinano Insua and Paul Konchesky are likely to have played their last games for the club.
Having brought in big name strikers Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in January Liverpool’s new owners will be looking to make significant moves in the transfer market to help take the club back into Champions League action and signing this duo would definitely help in that regard.