It’s not the first time this January, that Newcastle left back Jose Enrique has been linked with some top clubs.
Jose Enrique – going nowhere in the summer
But the news this morning, with a little over 36 hours left in the January transfer window, is that both Manchester United and Liverpool will try to sign Jose Enrique – but in the summer.
The Spaniard, who turned 25 last Sunday and was signed for £6.2M from Villarreal by Sam Allardyce in the summer of 2007, has only 18 months left on his contract at the Tyneside club, and we suppose those clubs think they will be able to get him on the cheap.
But Newcastle are not that daft these days, and certainly Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants to get Jose signed up to an improved, long term deal on Tyneside, within the next month or two.
Manchester United may be interested, because there are growing doubts about Frenchman Patrice Evra, who has only 18 months left of his contract, and if he doesn’t sign a new deal soon, the Red Devils may elect to unload him this summer for a transfer fee, before his contract runs out.
And with Liverpool, Kenny Dalglish is generally on the look-out for good players, and of course it could be that Paul Koncheskey could return to Fulham before the end of the month.
Sunderland have also been linked with Enrique, but Steve Bruce is probably intelligent enough not to even contact Newcastle about the Spaniard, because there is no way Jose would be sold to Sunderland. No way Jose!
Jose is a hugely popular player on Tyneside, and is in the form of his life, and still seems to be improving, and he is one of the small core of top players that new manager Alan Pardew will build the new Newcastle team around.
This doesn’t seem like a new story, and things on this front will change big time once Jose Enrique signs his new deal on Tyneside, which must be at least 95% certain.
We hope it’s at least 95% certain.