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 â‚¤4M and it willÂ go through – since it has now been published on the Villareal club web site.
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 â‚¤4M (we believe this is more accurate than the â‚¤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 reallyÂ good for the future because they’ll only get betterÂ 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 â‚¤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 areÂ that Newcastle will be willing to pay Â£4M for the youngster. The first thing that tells us is that Sam believes this boy has a bright futureÂ because AllardyceÂ 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 expectedÂ to sign a 5-year deal with Newcastle and join the revolution that is gatheringÂ speed at the club under new manager Sam Allardyce, new owner Mike Ashley and new chairman Chris Mort.
JosÃ© Enrique SÃ¡nchez DÃaz (known as JosÃ© 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 DivisiÃ³n. 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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