The Sunday Sun (Steve Brown) is reporting that Newcastle United have now officially signed 21 year-old left-back Jose Enrique from Villareal.
This is based on a report just posted on the official Villareal web-site in Spain. It certainly looks like it’s true but of course we’ll wait for the official news from the club web-site www.nufc.co.uk.
There are also reports that Newcastle may be close to landing another left-back and it’s not Leighton Baines who both Everton and Newcastle have been linked with over this weekend.
Jose Enrique – 7thÂ signing for Sam and Newcastle?
La Liga side Villarreal have agreed a Â£4M deal from Newcastle for their left-back Jose Enrique.Â Terms seem to have beenÂ agreed with Newcastle,Â Jose and his representativesÂ and are for a five-year deal for the Spanish Under-21 international Jose â€“ as we had heard aboutÂ last Friday.
The official Villareal website reported this afternoon:
â€œWe want to thank Jose Enrique for his contributions to the club and wish him much luck in his footballing career.â€
Other news is that Sevillaâ€™s Serbian star Ivica Dragutinovic (Drago)Â remains hopeful of securing a Â£2.5M, three-year deal atÂ Newcastle after rejecting an offer of a new contract fromÂ the UEFA Cup holders.
The 31year-old left back (or left central defense) said today:
â€œI am happy in Sevilla but the English offer is very important in all aspects, not exclusively in terms of money,â€
â€œIt really is very complicated to reject the chance to join Newcastle.”“I have always wanted to play in England, the league is strong and for men like me the physical aspect is not a problem.â€œI know English football and Newcastle is one of the historic clubs and the objective will be to fight for a European position.”“The coach (Sam Allardyce) tried to sign me for Bolton during my stay in Belgium (with Standard Liege) so I am not unknown to him.â€
It’s good to know Ivaca is educated and knows that Newcastle is truly an historic club (sign him!) and that Sam has already talked to him of his and Newcastle’s huge ambition over the next few years.
While this news – if true – is not all that surprising butÂ is good nevertheless to see the 7th deal close for Big Sam and the 8thÂ looking to be close.
Great follow-up work by Sam and the Newcastle management â€“ good work lads 😀
Comments very welcome â€“ please keep them civil andÂ the language in check â€“ many thanks.