Still No Bids Received For Jose Enrique


Gabriel Obertan said yesterday that he knew Newcastle were interested in him at the end of last season.

Jose Enrique – could leave next summer for nothing

It was good to watch all the interviews Gabriel gave yesterday, and he comes over as somebody who has something to prove,  and he wants to be a big success at Newcastle, which he made clear is a big club with a great history.

Pardew had been watching him since he’s been at the Red Devils, where he didn’t have much success of course, but Alan was pleased to get the lad on Tyneside yesterday:

“I’m very happy to get Obertan in this week, before the season kicks off. He’s a player I’ve watched for the last couple of seasons since he arrived at Manchester United.”

And there have been no new developments with Jose Enrique, and it seems that Jose will not sign his new contract at Newcastle, and he could well do what Joey Barton will do, and that is see out the last year of his contract on Tyneside, and become a free agent next summer.

This is what Pardew said today about the current transfer situation:

“We still need another striker and we’re still pursuing that, and if we lose a player we’re going to replace him.”

“Within the squad at the minute there’s one place available for a striker and that search is ongoing until such time as we get the right player in.”

“I’d be surprised if it goes down to the wire, I will be, but it might do.”

That first sentence suggests Newcastle will only bring in Dutch International left-back Erik Pieters from PSV, if Jose does leave.

But it’s still a tricky situation for the club, because it could well be that Liverpool, or some other club,  will come in for Jose in the last few days of the transfer market, or even on the very last day.

That’s what famously happened with Andy Carroll in January , and Newcastle must be able to replace the Spaniard with an experienced left-back before the transfer deadline.

That’s the rather difficult position Newcastle find themselves in with Jose, and of course they could lose him for nothing next summer too.

We’ll know the situation exactly three weeks today,  when the transfer window slams shut.

Comments welcome.



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76 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 10, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Enrique is a legend in his own mind

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  • neil

    Aug 10, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    What a joke club sometimes we are. Basically we don’t get more bodies in we just replace people in an already paper thin squad.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 10, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    get rid of him already

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 10, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    neil

    What are you talking about? Not every club is Man City, you cant afford to have copious amounts of top players just sitting on the bench or playing reserve football, thats for the youngsters learning their trade.

    Look around, outside the top 4 maybe 6 we are performing much better than most in the transfer market.

    And look at Man U, theyve had to shift a fair few players and havent even replaced numbers. Thats modern football now.

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  • neil

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Magpie – I was reading the cack you’d posted on the Joey Barton thread as well. We have ONE recognised left back you plum. Get your head out………..

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  • neil

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    “Like shola or hate him… you dont get that kind of loyalty in the modern game and you need local guys in the team who have played at high levels like prem and CL.

    Shola is showing Joey Barton what true loyalty is”.

    This is said cack I refer to just for the record. Shola showing loyalty – Do me a favour. Nobody else would:

    a) take him
    b) pay him the wages we do.

    Next thing you’ll be telling me he should get the number 9 shirt “because he’s local”. Barton cannot sign a non-existant contract as it was never on the table.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #7

    @neil
    We have a bloody oversized midfield aswell, so if Joey left too, maybe we could replace him with another LB.
    And keep the personal attacks for yourself eh, there’s no need for that.

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  • shearerno9

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    They should tell enrique’s agent that there is a limit on time that they are going to wait for a bid, if one doesnt arrive within say 4-5 days of the window closing then he aint moving anywhere simple as…. see how quick he offers him around then

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  • geoff777

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Enrique needs to wake up and realise that if no one has even bid 5M for him so he’s not going to be able to demand huge wages.

    He wants to be careful that the deal he was offered by NUFC will still be there if he does decide to sign.

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  • h-train

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    neil

    calm down mate, stop belittleing others opinions. We’re all on the same side.

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  • vanderlee

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    http://www.leazesterrace.com/newcastles-25-man-squad-2011/
    We actually only have 1 space available in the 25 man squad limit, although that includes the likes of Xisco.

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  • dubzy

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    shola signs for another 2yrs does tha mean he will wear the number 9 shirt wudnt surprise me !!

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Shola must have provacative pictures of Ashley and/or Llambias. Maybe he walked in on them and they’ve decided it’s best to keep him quiet by continually giving him new deals.

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  • bills-son

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    Sky Sports reporting that Fernando Torres younger brother Clit is having a medical at Newcastle this morning.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    WE DONT HAVE A PAPER THIN SQUAD!!!!!

    We actually have quite a big squad.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    We can only put one more senior playor in our 25 man squad, if we get 2 over 21s we will have to drop another senior player. Currently our senior 25 man squad would consist of 3GK 6DF 10MF and 5FW. Thats 24, so one more striker = 25. Now granted if we also sign a LB we could drop a midfielder (smith?) or a foward (xisco?) from the squad, boosting defenders to 7 senior players. Remember that all our under 21’s can be used at any time without counting towards the squad.

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  • neil

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    h-train – It’s very frustrating reading some people’s views though and whilst you may see it as belittling opinions I don’t mean it to sound like that – It’s just healthy debate surely?? I disagree that Shola is a signing that will please fans and I also disagree that he’s showing Joey the way – that’s all.
    Dannyo – I don’t understand your post in all seriousness. What do you mean? My point is we should have a backup left back and that backup shouldn’t be Ferguson (Not because he’s a bad player, quite the opposite infact but because that’s not his position). We seem to have our eggs in the basket of somebody who wants to leave which is terrible management. Maybe if we all smile at him he will sign on.

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  • h-train

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #18

    Barryvenison

    Dear God that’s s horrible image. No sleep tonight I fear. Only nervous twitching and feelings of mental violation.

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  • neil

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #19

    Hilarious post 14 Bills-son. Made me laugh out loud in a quiet office!

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #20

    Enrique will sign on before August as he knows that its the right thing to do. Although someone did mention that a move for Kerrison would include using Enrique as bait to ease the financials of the deal.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #21

    @12 – Good call – that may actually happen. That wouldnt be so bad right? There isnt many Ameobi-haters out there? Which is a good thing… he’s slow but as I have been reminded on here – he’s one hell of a nice guy.

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  • h-train

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #22

    neil

    I appreciate that and agree, but dismissing someones opinion as cack can be regarded as hurtful whether inteded or not. I understand how others veiws can sometimes be frustrating but if u wish to debate it, then do it in a slightly more subtle way and chances are you’ll actually win.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #23

    Neil chill out eh? Barton shook hands on a contract in January then said he wanted to wait till the summer. Then the club decided they would wait. Why is it ok for a player to hedge his bets but the club can’t? As for Shola, he isn’t on big money and his latest contract is the lowest wage he has had at the club. Personally I am delighted that the mackem slayer is still with us as he is a great back up striker and will do a job if called upon. Fingers crossed we get a quality striker in, and replace Enrique when he goes. Would love to see Smith leave as his massive wages would see us get 2 more in. Cover for RB/CB would be ideal. We need 3 more in I reckon, a striker and 2 defenders and we will have a great season.

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  • OttersPocket

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #24

    Got to agree with the Shola loyalty part, Shola gets far to much criticism, he is loyal and always gives his all, he may not be top class but he is good enough back up.
    On his day he can be unplayable, he has played through alot of injuries because of his love for the club where alot of other players would of cried off.
    Would love to see him shut a lot of fans up this season, and im sure you will all be loving him once he slays the mackems again.

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  • neil

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #25

    Notts Geordie maybe we do have strength in numbers but certainly not strength in depth. A couple of injuries especially to key players and where are the goals coming from. That 25 man squad has players that should never be included in all seriousness – Surely Xisco, Smith and Perch can be classed as deadwood in our squad?
    They’re simply not good enough imo

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  • OttersPocket

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #26

    Neil

    We cant sell Jose if no one had made a bid for him, yes he wants to leave and they will let him if the right offer comes in, but without any bids what are they meant to do?

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  • neil

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #27

    Sirtoon – are you a member of the pc brigade or something. What have I said that is so offensive where I need to chill out? I disagreed with someone – end of. Apart from the Barton thing I agree with the rest of your post and on reflection if Shola only plays two games a season and defeats the unwashed then he’d be worth whatever contract he’s got!

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  • OttersPocket

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #28

    Neil

    Yes Smith,Perch and Xisco prob are classed as deadwood, but are we in a position to pay over 100k a week in wages to 3 players who we cant even play?

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  • neil

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #29

    OttersPocket – Totally agree with you. What I am saying is that we should get a left back before he is sold. We seem to have lost the ability to buy unless the player is very cheap or we sell first. What harm could it do if we brought in Pieters now? Healthy competition for LB if Enrique decides to stay.

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  • nick_9

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #30

    Following on from some posts on the other thread about it not being easy to ship players out. I understand it would be hard to get rid of Xisco and Smith because they are on mega money, it seems the club are ok when it comes to disheartening our better players so why not these guys? Are they just happy to collect their pay cheques and don’t care if they play with the reserves? I can see the likes of Perch, Ranger and Raylor being very desirable to championship clubs and the likes of Wigan.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #31

    Not at all Neil just reading your opinion that other peoples posts are “cack” which is a bit off. You can disagree in a better way to that I would think

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #32

    @ichrisho
    I’m happy that the nice guys wins some aswell 🙂
    Now we need to move out Smith, Perch and Xisco. replace those with a backup LB, new RB and maybe another striker.
    Then we’d be properly set.

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  • neil

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #33

    Otters @ 28. That is a valid point mate but tough decisions have to be made. 2 of those 3 highlight past regimes whereby the club made foolish decisions and we are paying the price literally right now. I’d love to think we would get some class in not necessarily in those 3 players’ positions whereby we could say we will not have to name them in our 25 however it’s unlikely. It’s a bad situation to be in with those 3 really isn’t it?

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #34

    We really couldn’t afford to drop perch from the 25 as we are short of senior defenders (even if perch is a sh1t one) smith is on high wages, but his games are going to be few and far between even if he is in the 25. However, the best idea would be to loan out xisco again, sign a left back and a striker (if jose stays) leaving us with 7 defenders and 5 fowards. Out of the 10 mf jonas, at a push can cover full back, as can ryan taylor. and HBA can play off a striker as can autobot and marvelous 😀

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  • Thump

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #35

    Shola loves hats.

    That’s all I have to say.

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  • OttersPocket

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #36

    Neil

    I agree it is bad, but unfortunately it does not look like there are many takers for the players and Smith and Xisco seem happy enough to pick up their wages without doing anything

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  • neil

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #37

    Sirtoon – Haway man. Cack is just craik when you are politely disagreeing. They even say arse on the telly now you know 😉

    That’s how I saw it – that’s all my friend. If I offended anyone then I am surprised. What I am sure about though is that we all want what we feel is best for the club and if we won a trophy we’d all be dancing in the streets together!!

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #38

    Neil

    go drag ya knuckles somewhere else you keyboard warrior, if you get so “frustrated” reading people’s comments on here then go read Thomas the tank engine ey…

    There will be no bids in for Jose as teams will be biding their time and trying to get the best offer, or waiting till christmas and getting an either cheaper deal for him… Nobody actually knows what bids are put – only the clubs and agents – its all speculation.

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  • wingspan

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #39

    Its easy saying move out Xisco, Percj and Smith but A. Someone neds to want to buy them and B. The player wants to move. I think of them 3 only perch would be willing to move as he will be on the least money and i imagine he wiuld want to get his career back on track. Xisco however seems quite happt sitting on his arse gettin paid a mint, And smith id getting old so he might aswell just run out the last yr on loadsa money then go somewhere after that. Is what most people would do, hes obviousy not goinmg to win anything else in his career now so why not.

    Anyway more worrrying, anyone seen the papers linking Colo to Valencia this morn? I think its complete bollocks coz apparently hes after 40k a wk, and he gets much more than that here!

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  • neil

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #40

    At Markaccus post 34. Perfectly said. Couldn’t agree more. Even Perch may be able to be loaned out as he can’t be on that much. Smith possibly if we offered to top up his wages which could be the lesser of two evils whereby he was in our 25 man squad?

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