Setanta Sports is claiming that Newcastle players, Jose Enrique and Xisco, are attracting interest from their home country, Spain.
Jose Enrique – Spanish clubs will hardly be able to afford him
However, there is now said to be significant interest from Spanish clubs Real Betis, Getafe and Malaga who seem keen to bring the 22-year-old left-back back to the Primera Liga.
We don’t feel these clubs will have the money for Enrique, unless we take a big loss on the player, and we’d rather keep him in that case, since he’s showing more than decent form in the last several games.
The pair cost Newcastle £12M so the club will want to get as much back on them as they can, although we’d be surprised if we really do sell Enrique, since he’s a starter at the club right now.
Xissco, a Spanish Under-21 international who joined from Deportivo in the summer, is also believed to be attracting interest from ambitious Segunda Division side Salamanca.
But since Newcastle paid £5.7M for the youngster only a short 5 months ago, unless we are going to take a bath on him, there’s no way Salamanca will be able to afford the youngster.
Sending the players out on loan to these clubs will also not help Newcastle, who are looking for the cash so they can bring other players into the club.
Since Sam Allardyce signed Jose Enrique last year, we wonder if he’s interested in signing the young Spaniard for Blackburn, since he seems to be available if a good offer cam ein for him.
We’d swap Stephen Warnock for him – in a straight player swap – but we wonder if Sam would. 😀