Enrique On His Way To Liverpool – Deal Done And Dusted


It seems that the story we put out this morning that Jose Enrique will sign for Liverpool for £15M in the summer could well be true.

Jose Enrique – joining Andy Carroll at Liverpool

That’s because Liverpool legend and former coach, Phil Thompson,  has said that his inside information is that Liverpool have already agreed the deal to sign the Newcastle defender.

Newcastle paid £6.3M to Villarreal to secure his services back in August of 2007, but it again seems that Liverpool are willing to pay big money for a Newcastle player – and the deal is said to be a cool £15M.

That means Carroll and Enrique will have cost Liverpool  £50M, but hopefully most, if not all that money will be made available to Alan Pardew in the summer, to reinforce a squad that is wafer thin at the moment.

Newcastle are running out of players though injury and suspension this seaosn, and not only does the squad need to be improved in the summer with quality, but it needs to be increased in size too.

Enrique was also said to be a target of AC Milan, and the Italian club had said earlier they would offer Newcastle £13M for the player in the summer, but it seems Liverpool have topped that,  and we expect Newcastle to get a sell-on clause in the contract too.

Thompson was speaking on an appearance on Norwegian television TV2 , and he said this today :

“From what I’ve heard, yes the deal has been done and he will come to Liverpool,”

“It’ll be interesting because he’s done very well. He had a difficult first season coming into the Premiership a couple of years ago but he really understands the game now.”

“He’s one of those full backs who is good going forward but he’s also a good defender and I think that is the main thing.”

We think this story probably has a lot of truth to it, so Newcastle fans should prepare themselves for Enrique to be on his way soon, but let’s hope we can keep Joey Barton at Newcastle.

We’d like to see Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton both sign new contracts at Newcastle just as soon as possible, and hopefully Newcastle will not continue to be a selling club for much longer.

There’s some wishful thinking in that last statement of course.

Comments welcome.



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72 comments so far

  • ToonAndy

    Apr 10, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #1

    No bother.. He’s only our best player…

    Who else do you want Liverpool?? Tiote? Barton? Ben Arfa!??

    Scouse bastards!!!!!

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  • ToonAndy

    Apr 10, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh and Ed… When you put up the Voting for who was the best player… Add a section “They were all shite!!??”

    This is coming from a big optimist aswell but that performance today was demoralising..

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  • Thump

    Apr 10, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Did you see him today? As good as he’s done, his heart isn’t in the club any more – £15m is a great price for him. Let him go.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #4

    The way Enrique played today, his head obviously ain’t right. Not much point playing him at the moment. It was his worst game for us.
    He’s been tapped up and he’s all over the place mentally and physically.

    Guthrie is a total waste of a shirt. He just doesn’t do anything. Play Guti right and Ferguson left. Fergie does more in 10 mins than Guthrie does in 3 matches !! Guthrie plays with fear, Fergie doesn’t.

    Ranger is a huge disappointment. His total lack of awareness and vision to put other people through for a couple of tap – ins when we could have been 2-0 up was staggering.

    As for Barton, if you talk the talk, then you better walk the walk. Enough said.

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  • DarloGeordie

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Once again the scouse are on the rob!!

    apart from the 15 mil,

    You always get positive articles from Ed when we have one, take last week for example after we beat wolves were linked with a number of top players, now as we have lost all the talk the next week will be about losing Enrique, Barton and Nolan maybe even Tiote…

    All we can do is wait and see what happens but to be honest with Mike Ashley running the club and Alan Pardew the manage all we can expect is a number of years fighting for survival.

    Either way we are screwed, if Ashley spends the cash at the end of the day what top player wants to play under the likes of Pardew (i wouldn’t) then again if Ashley doesn’t spend the cash we are screwed that way n all…

    Not looking good either way

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  • DarloGeordie

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #6

    one – *won*

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  • PoolieToon

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Aparently talks with Barton have fell through. I think we will need a full new squad

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  • marcos_nufc_rj

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Every player has got his price. Football is not about passion or love, it is about money. In my opinion that is a big deal as Alan Pardew will have got more money to spend in the summer transfer window.Newcastle United will need more quality player for next season due to suspensions and injuries we don`t need more unknown players, please.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Yup!!
    Told you all this 3-4 weeks ago :-(!

    But I was just being ” negative”

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  • DarloGeordie

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Angryman,

    Personally i read this blog everyday and like to read the comments from both sides (yours included) negative, positive or whatever …

    Definately needing 2 strikers, 1 centre mid, 1 winger, 2 wing backs and a keeper basically a new team… Can you achieve it with 50 mil course we can… can we achieve it with Pardew naaaaaaaaah not a chance

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  • carrollsinger

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ll let him go he looked poor today I tries to take people on way to much when he should just clear his lines ferguson looks alot better already if ash give 50 mil then it’s all good could get at least 6+ players in

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  • craig bell

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #12

    how can enrique, barton ect expect us to go fowards and build a good team when there the ones that a bloody leaving. ad rather him go anywere other than them scouse scum. sick and tired of this. PARDEW OUT ASHLEY OUT LAMBIAS OUT!!!!

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  • supervil

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Enrique was very poor today. Looked like someone who thought he was better than the rest.

    As much as I love the guy (I was one of the people who rated him from the get-go /smugface), take the money and run. You don’t build teams on left backs. Get a decent LB in to fill the gap and invest the bulk elsewhere.

    HBA is the future.

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  • The Power Ranger

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Why is it Pardrews and Ashleys fault that Jose Enrique wants to leave? If Jose Enrique wanted to stay and not go to liverpool he could ummm sign a new contract? He’s an idiot though, as he could easily get in Barca or Madrids team. I’ll be very annoyed if Barton doesn’t sign a new contract after what the club has done for him!

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  • supervil

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Spot on Power Ranger. I came on to say that.

    Why is it Pardew’s fault?

    It’s up to Ashley to make sure the club gets the best deal. And he is. just like he did with AC.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #16

    I remember enrique saying on twitter that newcastle were getting a manager nobody had ever heard of . That turned out to be parwho.

    It must be demoralising to have a no – mark as a manager who’s never won anything and is arguably only a small a step up from the dinosaur JFK.

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  • Jose Enrique

    Apr 10, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #17

    I knew people would be having a go at pardew for this. We had Nolan, Tiote, Best, Ameobi and Ben Arfa out thats 5 first team players what do you expect? Guthrie actually played well so stop blaming him. Why is it that 1 game we win 4-1 and everyone loves pardew and 1 loss and hes the worst manager in the world.

    As for Enrique i think this is brilliant business. We are going to have Shane Ferguson so Left Back wont even be a need. This will mean we will have 50 mill to spend on a Winger, 2 Strikers and maybe an upgrade at RB

    Brilliant Buisness.

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #18

    the power ranger, ” why is it ash s fault jose wants leave ?ambition, any player worth his salt, has ambition , 23 years old , great player, could get in most teams in the world, why the f..k would he want to stay here ? would you? and dont lie

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  • Parky

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #19

    F**k it. Let’s buy Torres.

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  • CheickTiote

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Nah, I hope Barton leaves, I’m not fussed.

    I really f!!cking hate these dirty scouse bastards. Hope they rot in hell, and carroll smashes his face in. Then again, thanks alot for the 50£, I’m expecting all of it to be re-invested or we’ll lynch Ashely. I dont see why not every single penny wont be re-invested into buying more players. Barton needs out.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Get Him Gone !!!!!!!! Put Young Shane at left Back he Did Well Last Week !!!!! £15 Million Is Good price for Jose !!!!!!!!!! We can Buy 3 Quality Players for that ….. Liverpool can also Have Alan Smith and Also James Pearch !!!!! (On A Free) !!!!

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #22

    jose enrigue ” after wolves everybody loved AP” cant remember reading that. “£50m to spend on players” sounds great, one snag though we wont see it.

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  • Taylor_Toon

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Utter shite this story, why would Phil Thompson no.1 know what Liverpools transfer dealings are and no.2 let the whole world know about it if he did. I agree that Enrique looks like a player that doesn’t have his heart at the Toon anymore but I think his more likely destination is Inter Milan. Liverpool aren’t playing Champs League football to be able to attract Jose. That story written off, I thought that we lacked alot going forward today but Colo looked good in centre mid. Anyone agree???

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  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #24

    We Need Joey Barton Tiote !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • CheickTiote

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Nah Barton is useless, I dont want him signing an other contract I want him to leave ASAP the whiny little git.

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  • beefman13

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #26

    rotonda heights, that was a good post 7.00 today, jose has his mind elswhere, i would love to keep him , may still happen of course but his demeaner to me suggests he may be on his bike, guthrie for me is no option anymore even thouh he probably played better than barton today, we have young ferguson waiting to slide in to jose position or even jonas position as he is seen as a winger at the club, tavernier is already better than simpson who is so one dimensional it is beyond belief, in the past ive had a pop at shola for his inconsistancy but ranger for me looked like he is still best used as a sub for 20/30 mins but he fades during a whole game , still got quite a lot to learn in my opinion and he goes to bits a bit in front of goal.

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  • thepict

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Enrique doesn’t want to be here. Get rid.

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  • GeordieRob

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #28

    IF the deal is done and IF the money is re-invested into the club… 2 big if’s, but if both are a big yes, then someone send Liverpool FC a bunch of flowers and some chocolates. Fenway sports just bankrolled our next team.

    £50 Million is a lot of money and when very excellent prospects can be bought for £3-10m, that’s 7-10 quality, fast young players with no fear (and lower wages than many on our current list some of whom don’t even play when they’re fit). Sell a few of the older models and that’s a massive war chest.

    If this money is used wisely, (not Denis Wise-ly) there’s no reason why you can’t buy eight 17-22 year old “Jose-Enrique’s”. We’d smash the door down for Europe in 2-3 years and they’d all be worth double.

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  • nufc1331

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Dirty scouse crap. Tapping our players up who are fool enough to listen tho them. If we had a proper owner who cared about the club we would still have CH, AC, and Enrique, plus a lot of the other players would probably have signed on by now. CH made the dressing room spirit what it was. Ashley gets rid of him and the spirit leaves as well. AC gets his head turned, MA sells Tiote but Tiote refuses to leave so MA sells AC instead and now Enrique has his head turned too. When we have our best XI on a good day we can challenge for Europe, but with these nutcases upstairs we’ll continue to struggle. Probably stay in the Premier League, but we could be so much better.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #30

    15 MILLION!!!

    Liverpool have to be the dopiest club ever! I don’t care, if we had of sold Carroll and Enrique last year we would have got about 5 million but 50 million for two players!! Who could we buy with that now!!

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  • Howay The Lads

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #31

    I think he’s been a bit overrated this season in all honesty. If we hadn’t sold Carroll I’d snap their hands of for £15 million, especially with the way he’s playing – his head clearly isn’t right, but it could create the atmosphere that we’re a selling club.
    This cannot happen!

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  • connor_nufc

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Take him he obviously doesnt play for us anymore judging on todays performance 15mil will do nicely

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #33

    With 50 million we could end up like this:

    ————————Harper————————————Bosingwa—–Coloccini—Saylor———-Taiwo——-Gervinho—Tiote——Nolan———-Ben Arfa———————–Gameiro—Lukaku——————–

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  • nufc1331

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Just hate to be a selling club. If we still had Carroll I’m fairly confident we could be pushing for Europe. I mean, if we don’t concede late against the Mackems and Tottenham, then score a goal against Blackburn instead of drawing we would be in 6th place ahead of Liverpool on goal difference. That’s how close we were and you don’t have to stretch to get there. That being said, Enrique is distracted now, it’s a shame considering how well he and Jonas worked together. Ferguson could really learn from him especially if we pushed into Europe. We poor today though as no one brought their scoring boots. Losing 3 out of 4 is not good. Manure next then Blackpool away, so hopefully we grab some points there.

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  • ASTORIA

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Jose is ambitious and has seen right through Ashley and Llambais, I guess a few more players feel the same also.

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  • Sir Alan

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Magpies-till-d3ath- So true, when we went down we would have been lucky to get 5 mill for the pair of them! Great business for us. At least Ashley seems to be selling players for alot more money that we brought them for. Tiote is probably valued at 17/18 mill now that he has signed new contract.

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  • wynsleap

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #37

    If Barton plays as well as his mouth moves he’d be world class. Unfortunately for him he isn’t.
    If he wants to go let him – at least his outbursts and on field temper would be someone else’s problem – and we’d lose a £60,000 a week wage bill.
    His passing was atrocious today and along with an anonymous Guthrie and an out of position Colo we were severely handicapped in the hub of the game.
    Unfortunately Ranger didn’t step up to the plate today and spent the entire game standing in front of his marker and falling over when the ball came in to him and he hardly won a header all day.
    Didn’t think that Jose played all that badly today but he did seem to play for himself rather than the team which suggests he’s putting himself in the shop window already.
    All in all a disappointing result and performance.
    Only Harper and Gutierrez looked the part today. Maybe The Toon should acquire a coach in the summer, however, to spend hours with Jonas teaching him how to cross a ball from the wing – (come in Nobby).

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #38

    nufc1331
    agree, it sounds totally insane, but the only one holding us back from going forward , is our owner, naa i just cant get my head around it

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  • xmindcrimex

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #39

    £15M for Jose is a good deal when you look at his contract length. I have faith in young Ferguson, but I’m pretty sure someone more experienced like Taiwo will be brought in.

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  • kilcline

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #40

    I hope Liverpool never qualify for the champs league again, i hope they rot inb mid table. Pr1cks.

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