Newcastle Fancy Top Young Liverpool Midfielder

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.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Darling27

    Apr 17, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1


  • Darling27

    Apr 17, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    No thanks. He can stay at Liverpool.

  • tdt

    Apr 17, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    That question will be answered this summer, Ed.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 17, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4

    NUFC should not sell ENRIQUE

  • Kurt

    Apr 17, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    No no, stay in Liverpool

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Apr 17, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Please NO!!!!

  • Klatoon

    Apr 17, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    We already have a top young midfielder in HARIS VUCKIC who’s miles better than this Spearing lad. If we have to lose Jose in a swap deal with Loserpool,let it involve that RB Kelly 😀

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 17, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Spearing is just another guthrie type, no real star quality. Wouldn’t want kelly either.

  • GeordieToon89

    Apr 17, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    No Thanks.!

    Kevin Gameiro (12million)
    Oscar Wendt (Free)
    Gervinho (8million)
    Larsson (Free)
    Elmander (Free)
    Ireland/Kranjcar (5million)
    N’Zogbia/Payet (8million)
    Williams (Free)

    8 players at £32million and we would have tremendous pace and skill in our squad.. depending on who we sell we could maybe do with another striker aswel if so i would go for either Nolan Roux or Sigthorsson would be about £5million each

  • danuneek

    Apr 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Lets hope he’s better than he looks!

  • supervil

    Apr 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #11


  • Charlietoon

    Apr 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #12

    supervil thats what I was thinking! HAHAHAHA!

    Baby Ruth??

  • gorskino10

    Apr 17, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Lets hope not dont need another average midfielder we already have Guthrie for that.

  • Sav

    Apr 17, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #15

    We need to aim to be better than Liverpool, not just occupy a place several positions below them. Ashley is worth twice what Liverpool’s owner is worth. so are we THAT desperate for the money?

    If you are saying, as many of us fans have suspected, that the sale of Carroll has sparked the departure of Enrique and maybe Joey, then its not looking such a good deal now, is it?

  • Sav

    Apr 17, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Likewise it beats me why we would want another midfielder when its the one place we are well-stocked . Unless Spearing were to be Joey’s replacement, in which case, sorry, the answer is ‘no’.

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Apr 17, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #17

    If true pardew must have a peanut for a brain,

    this kid is crap…

  • rajiano

    Apr 17, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Watching him play today against Liverpool and this chap is not half bad. He is a more than decent player and can play a role. Some of these comments are downright disrespectful. Really quazimodo, common lets judge on his ability and watching his play against Arsenal shows he has a lot to offer.

  • Drona

    Apr 17, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #19


  • BeeGuy

    Apr 17, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Why would Enrique go to Liverpool if they are not going to play in Europe next year? The lad has talent and ambition, he must go elsewhere to fulfill his dreams. The only thing I can imagine is NUFC sell him to Liverpool & then Liverpool sell him on right away for more than they paid NUFC.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 17, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Jay Spearing. Man of the Match today. Brilliant performance. Definately the 1 for the future. But after today’s performance… No chance of us getting him. Liverpool first teamer in the near future.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Jose Enrique for Insua!


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