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.