Spanish Youngster Enrique Coming to Newcastle


Surprising news from Sky Sports is that Newcastle have agreed a deal for Villarreal full-back and Spanish Under-21 International Jose Enrique.

The fee is expected to be around ₤4M and it will go through – since it has now been published on the Villareal club web site.

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Jose Enrique

Although not yet officially completed this will be the third signing for Sam within hours since he has also completed the transfers of Alan Smith from Manchester United for about ₤4M (we believe this is more accurate than the ₤6M fee reported – Manchester United have not actually disclosed the fee), and Brazilian center-back Claudio Cacapa on a free transfer earlier this evening. 31 year-old Claudio has signed a two-year deal at the club with an option for a third year and has been given the number 6 shirt. Both these signings have been well recieved by Newcastle fans who are also relieved that the big breakthrough in the transfer market has finally been achieved.

One good thing about this signing is that Newcastle seem to be getting a mix of young up-and-coming players to balance with the older players being brought in because of their experience. That’s really good for the future because they’ll only get better and we can get them for less money when they are still unproven in the big time.

It is also expected that Serbian Ivica Dragutinovic, who is a left sided defender (center-back or left-back) who is currently at Sevilla will also join the club imminently. Ivaca, who is a fan of Alan Shearer has already said today he would like to join Newcastle and a fee of around ₤2.5M has reportedly been agreed with Sevilla.

Villarreal have officially confirmed on their website that terms have been agreed for Enrique to move to Newcastle – so as we mentioned earlier this deal will now definitely happen.

The Spanish club have not yet disclosed the fee, but reports are that Newcastle will be willing to pay £4M for the youngster. The first thing that tells us is that Sam believes this boy has a bright future because Allardyce doesn’t pay out that kind of money for poor players. Jose made a big impression during his debut season at Villareal who are reported to be reluctant to accept the bid. Seems like the Newcastle bid could have been too good for them to turn down.

In fact Enrique, who is 6′ tall, only joined Villareal last season and at that time signed a 5-year contract with the Spanish side. He is now expected to sign a 5-year deal with Newcastle and join the revolution that is gathering speed at the club under new manager Sam Allardyce, new owner Mike Ashley and new chairman Chris Mort.

José Enrique Sánchez Díaz (known as José Enrique) was born 23rd January 1986 in Valencia, Spain. He joined El Madrigal in 2006 after spending the previous season (2005/06) on loan at RC Celta de Vigo, where he appeared 14 times in the Primera División. His previous club before joining Valencia was Levante UD, but he never appeared in their first team. Jose is a left-sided defender who usually plays in the left-back position.

Jose will be Sam’s 7th signing for the club this summer – and everyone of them appear to be good buys for the club.

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82 comments so far

  • AlexW

    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #1

    I heard it was a 6 year deal, so this kid must be great, WOOHOO today wat a day

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  • Rich

    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #2

    dont know much about this guy, but if Sam has faith so do i!

    Skysportsnews TV also reporting that Dyers move to the Hammers has stalled over a dispute regarding the fee, any news on this yet Ed?

    Skysports are spinning that itll be good for NUFC to keep him, but i just want to see the back of him… id rather have someone like Diop of Gudjonsen… but regardless we really need a LB.

    Sams making us all wait but hes gonna pull off something spectactular next week… i hope.

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  • Gary

    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Hehe, reported this almost an hour ago

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  • Jon Armann

    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #4

    hey guys, im from iceland, and im a BIG fan of NEWCASTLE, past couple of years have been depressing, but now im so excited for next season, this revolution is so great, and i think Newcastle will have 2-3 best buys next season, forexemble, Joey “da man” Barton hehe, Alan smith and Gerami…….Hooway the lads, i hope i will see u all in st james this winter …….

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  • Rich

    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #5

    nufc.co.uk – Capaca offical Newcastle Player, and this time hes smiling for real with a toon shirt on infornt of the famous coat of arms.

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1084648,00.html

    what a day…. what a day…

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  • t-g-w

    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #6

    This has been the best day for NUFC for as long as I can remember… ACtually this is probably the biggest day since we signed Owen.

    I know nothing about his young LB but hopefully he will adapt well – would still like to see Drago come in though, a RB, Diop and a Goalkeeper now Krul has gone on loan.

    For those who believed in Big Sam, well done. For those who doubted (and I did on the transfer front for a tiny moment!), he has proved us all wrong. He is a great man manager and has pulled off the transfers we so desparately needed. I will be more than happy if the squad stays as it is, but if we add the players I mentioned above we will be laughing!

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  • Tim

    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Been a good day for us Toon fans! Glad we finally have some defensive cover on the books & with Jose Enrique more than likely to join it seems Big Sam is working his magic! Think Alan Smith will prove a vital player as well especially linking up with Viduka & Milner again! Roll on next Saturday!!!!

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  • Chris W.

    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Tremendous day all around. Much more excited about Enrique than Baines as Enrique has some height on Baines. I really like that BSA is bringing in a mix of older and younger players because the team will immediately improve under the veterans and the younger guys can develop for the future.

    If we really can bring in Drago as well, I think we are absolutely set. (A RB would be nice but I like Solano quite a bit in that role and I think he is going to have a difficult time getting opportunities in the midfield.) Anything else would be absolutely golden.

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  • Mani

    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Length of deal means nowt, remember Viana?
    Still, great to see there’s some movement in the defensive department. Still need a quality RB, unless Sam’s going to hold on for the Brazilian with the dodgy leg in Jan, and another centre back to keep the pressure on.

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  • Neil A H

    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #10

    This is truly a fabulous day. I can’t believe these signings.

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  • AlexW

    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #11

    why do we need another goalkeepervt-g-w? surley he woudlnt of sent krul on loan would he? lets be honest we already have an unbelieveable goalkeeper in given, and a great backup in harper, and we also have up and coming fraser forster, of course young krul is excellent, nah we are perfectly compensated in the goalkeeping department.

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  • AlexW

    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #12

    why do we need another goalkeeperv t-g-w? surley he woudlnt of sent krul on loan would he? lets be honest we already have an unbelieveable goalkeeper in given, and a great backup in harper, and we also have up and coming fraser forster, of course young krul is excellent, nah we are perfectly compensated in the goalkeeping department.

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  • Alex

    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Ed who exactaly is this spanish youngster.Has he any sort of pace .How tall is he.Can he tackle or cross a ball.If he has some of these attributes then why are they letting him go after paying not allot to get him.

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  • Jamie

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Im so excited its unreal… finally another two very hard working players have signed for Newcastle today, and now this tall talented leftback is on the verge of joining along with the big hard 31 year old from Sevilla. Newcastle has been crying out for a man like Allardyce eversince Keegal left, because he loves the big powerful players with a touch of flair thrown in, perfect for the premiership… We seen success for Man Utd, Arsenal and more recently Chelsea by adopting this method of power and skill.

    Very very VERY exciting times with everyone associated with Newcastle at present.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #15

    They just signed Capedvilla who is an experienced spanish international and they have another young player as back up for the moment, they need the money aswell they are moving on alot in the transfer market.

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  • Stephen

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Big Sam is a legend i wanted him when Sir Bobby Robson got sacked.Last season i was upset about the way the club was going especially losing to he likes of charlton away i wouldnt mind f we played well but we lacked ideas creativity and the most of all passion.I can see us making great progress now.People where do you think we would be if big sam got the job instead of souness and got 50 million like he dd its frighting to say i would say top4 atleast

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  • Jamie

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #17

    On newsnow.com there are plenty of articles associated with this young left back… so exciting!

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  • kieran

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #18

    do you have the link to the website that confirmed the deal…..cant seem to find it!

    keep up the good work ed, the wbsites growing n popularity everyday

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  • Rich

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #19

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_2639700,00.html

    not sure on the spanish link but seems like a done deal… touch wood.

    Im hoping we still get someone like Baines… i mean Sam is just depending on Taylor with his young age so i reckon well see another LB come in… hopefully…

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  • Jamie

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Well I believe in fate, Big Sam gets the job – it was the right time to leave Bolton, he needed a new challenge and what other place to go than to a starved of a decent manager for a decade like Newcastle!! Now with this we have been taken over and been given some decent wedge to throw at good players for Sam.. which normally means good players for the premiership.

    Now look at our team

    Given / Harper / Krul

    Geremi/Carr/ … Rozenhal / Capaca …Taylor/Drago … Enrique / Baines

    Solano/Milner … Butt … Barton/Emre … Duff/N’Zogbia

    Owen/Viduka … Martins/Ameobi … Carrol/Smith

    Im pretty sure ive missed a few players out for potential first team.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Sky Sports first reported the deal we think.
    BTW this article has been updated several times in the last 30 mins with additional information on Enrique – Villareal were reluctact to sell since Jose had a very good first season for them. Goos work by Sam and the management – we seem to have a future star now at LB.

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  • Jamie

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #22
  • LiamBirchy8

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #23

    i still want baines, him and enrique battling for left back would be class. drag could be our fourth centre back with taylor,rozy and cacapa. Now sign baines and glen johnson to sort our defense once and for all.

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #24

    😛 Man Sam sure kept this a secret. i was just about to go out, i hit the refresh one last time (i sad that for 30 mins now :lol:), and BAMMMM, another new signing!!!!
    I don’t know the lad, but i’m talking on a forum with some La Liga fans, maybe they can shed some light, anyway we got a LB!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m not even gonna speculate anymore, or read the papers, i’m just gonna lay back and let Sam hit me with a few other suprises, this is better then weed man.:)

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  • Jamie

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #25

    One week tomorrow and I we will have even more to talk about – Which team to put out against Bolton!!!!!

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  • Rich

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #26

    im still praying for Philip Lahm but i think Baines is more realistic…

    but can you imagine Lahm.. i mean ive seen him alot and hes better than players like Ashley Cole in my eyes, hes just phenominal.

    Skysports news showing some goals with Viduka & Smith linking up… if they recreate half that form we will all be happy 🙂

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #27

    We still need one RB, and i’m sure Sam will deliver him.
    I love Geremi as a midfielder, holding-midfielder, he reminds me of Makelele.

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  • phoonck

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #28

    SA has completed 3 signings, and they are:

    Alan Smith (midfielder/striker) for £4-£6m from Manchester United
    Claudio Cacapa (center back) on a Free Transfer from Lyon and
    Jose Enrique Sanchez (left back) for £4m from Villarreal.

    As i’ve always said, do not panic when there is no transfer activity going on. SA is a manager i respected and i’m sure he knows what players we need, what department we need to strengthen and so on. Now that 3 more players have joined Newcastle United, the future looks bright! And there are news that SA is still closing at least one more deal, who seems to be Ivica Dragutinovic from Sevilla (left back/center back).

    We are still trying to sell Kieron Dyer off to West Ham United.
    I think by completing the Dragutinovic’s deal, our summer transfer activity should come to a close and our team looks ready to start a fresh challenge on the Premiership next Saturday.

    I’ve never felt so confident before that we will finish top6, and its been a long long time since i’m looking forward to Newcastle’s new season with their new signings and feel positive about our squad!!!

    Howay the lads!

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  • Jamie

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #29

    God I missed Luque in that first team line up post lol. another player to look forward to playing under Big Sam. Lets hope we see the pacey Left sided forward come to life this season, Potentially in place of the Injured Duff??

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #30

    @Rich, come on man ……………..Lahm ? javascript:add_smilie(“:blink:”,”smid_19″)
    blink.gif . Not in a million years would he join ………….yet. 🙂

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Ops something went wrong with the post, anyways u get the point :p

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  • kieran

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #32

    i think we may play cacapa int he right back position….he play there a few times for lyon…but i would prefere a week in week out right back….glen johnson???

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  • Jamie

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Yeah I would like to see Geremi play in Central Midfield along side Barton.. even Smith can play there if need be. Even Taylor can play right back, but Glen Johnson would be a coup, hes young, strong and pacey with a big future.

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  • Murvar

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #34

    I am very impressed with the manager’s handling of all this. Cacapa and Enrique have come out of nowhere, and if they are half as good as they are being cracked up to be, we have pulled off two great deals. But let’s not get too carried away just yet; we know that not everyone settles into the Premiership very easily, and we’re close to the first game now so there’s less time for the players to get to know each others’ games. Teams take time to mature together – I think we won’t know whether it’s all working until about mid-October. And the injuries are worrying; we don’t want a constantly disrupted team that never beds in. But today is a good, good day for us and I really do feel that BSA has it in him to be what Shankly was to Liverpool and what Ferguson has become for Manyoo. Fingers crossed.

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  • Kash

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #35

    He’s a young Spanish promising LB, so why didn’t Rafa Benitez sign him?

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  • Rich

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #36

    @Toonking….

    i know man, but i can at least pray!!!

    even though Lahms got no EPL experience hes one of the best LB’s ive ever seen and hes only 24.

    one day Toonking…one day! 🙂

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  • Howie

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Murvar- I understand what you are saying but lets enjoy today after a month of doom and gloom. Bring on those Italians Sunday and then Bolton next week!

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  • PK

    Aug 3, 2007 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #38

    OMG…u guys cant eve guess how happy i am now..seen Sven buying alot of players..and Pool getting in some new faces..and tottenham just made me angry ..Because we didnt get anyone..Cacapa,Enrique,Smith…omg i am looking soo forward to the new season.I just hope we will se a FULL squad in this season without any injuries .Given,Geremi,Cacapa,Rozenhal,Enrique(YOUNGster!),Taylor(YOUNGster!),Emre,Barton:D,Duff(can be very dangerous if hes in top form),N’Zogbia(Dont sell him..he is very talented and YOUNGster!),Babayaro(Great backup),Carr(Good backup),Milner(YOUNGster),Solano(still goood),Owen,MArtins,Shola,Viduka,Carrol…And ofc BIG Sam..I cant wait..what a season it could be.!!!!!

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  • Alex

    Aug 3, 2007 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #39

    jamie luque pacey?Skillfull yes.quick thinking yes.Pacey your having a laugh

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  • martin

    Aug 3, 2007 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #40

    whats about DRAG? any news?

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