Liverpool defender target Jose Enrique is holding out on a new contract at St James' Park.
The Spanish full back has been in fine form for his club this season, earning rave reviews on his return to the Barclays Premier League. Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is thought to be keen on bringing the player to Anfield.
Footylatest claim Damien Comolli, director of football strategy for the Merseysiders, has identified the player as a potential summer addition who can bolster the Liverpool defence. It's thought that Enrique could be the long-term replacement for Paul Konchesky, who is out on loan at Nottingham Forest.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew does not wish to sell the player, who joined the club for a fee in the region of €7.5 million back in 2007. The former Hammers boss knows that if the Magpies fail to secure their survival soon though, the former Valencia player could leave the club.
“Jose has made it quite clear to us that until we’re safe he doesn’t want to open any discussions and we’re comfortable with that, it makes sense for us,” said the Toon boss yesterday.
Dalglish has hinted that new Liverpool owners NESV will spend again in the summer after splashing out over £55 million on strikers in January.
Strengthening in several key areas, including the defence, is thought to be a priority for the Liverpool legend and Enrique could solve a problem position for the Reds at Anfield.
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