There is a report in the People today, by former Evening Chronicle writer Alan Oliver, that Newcastle are trying to do a part exchange deal with Liverpool for Jose Enrique.
Jay Spearing – 22 year old Liverpool midfielder
The news is that they are trying to get 22 year-old central midfielder Jay Spearing to move to Tyneside.
That seems a good move by Newcastle, if they can pull it off, because Spearing has looked a good player since new manager Kenny Dalglish gave him his chance, with Steven Gerard being out injured for the rest of the season.
But it’s a good question if the youngster will get too many games at the club, with more senior players ahead of him in the pecking order on Merseyside.
The Wallasey born player joined the youth ranks at Liverpool when he was just 8 years old, and has so far made 22 first team appearances for Liverpool, and last year had a loan spell at Leicester City, where he played 8 times with one goal.
Spearing made his competitive first team debut for the Reds in December of 2008, coming on as a substitute in the 3–1 UEFA Champions League win against PSV Eindhoven, and he also played in Liverpool’s dominant 4–0 win over Real Madrid in the second round of the Champions League.
There was news only last Sunday coming from former Liverpool great Phil Thompson, that Liverpool had already done a deal with Newcastle (at £15M?) for Jose Enrique, but Newcastle manager Alan Pardew came out and denied that last week.
It was a little strange that after that, when there was news that Newcastle were trying to sign Toulouse left-back Cheikh M’Bengue, and even had a £5M offer turned down.
It’s a good move by Newcastle if they can get Spearing, but Liverpool are unlikely to want to lose a youngster who has looked the part in the last few games.
If Enrique does move on this summer, which now looks likely, Newcastle fans will hardly be overjoyed to have lost two of their very best players in less than six months.
It seems that both Joey Barton and Jose Enrique were not happy at all, that Newcastle sold their local young striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January, and questions about the ambitions of owner Mike Ashley still linger with both fans and players on Tyneside.
Does he want to build a good team at Newcastle, or does he want to make money out of the club, seems to be a very good question on the future of the club.