AC Milan are reportedly preparing a £10 million offer for Liverpool target Jose Enrique.
According to talkSPORT, the Italian giants are ready to test Newcastle's resolve in the summer as Enrique stalls over a new contract at St James' Park
TalkSPORT had previously claimed that reports in the Spanish press had alleged the 25-year-old is was poised to seal a switch to Liverpool at the end of the season after the Anfield club agreed a fee in the region of £6 million with Newcastle.
However, it would now appear that Liverpool will have their work cut out in order to sign the Spaniard, who is seemingly destined to leave the north east during the transfer window.
Liverpool have been in the market for a recognised and reliable left-back in order to permanently fill the problematic role, but may perhaps now miss out on Enrique.
The departure of Paul Konchesky - albeit temporarily - from Anfield has left Liverpool short on options at full-back and the acquisition of reinforcements remains a priority for the Merseyside club.
Glen Johnson has been deployed on the left by Kenny Dalglish of late, but the Liverpool boss is after a more long-term solution and a host of potential signings have been linked with the seemingly problematic role.
Liverpool have also been linked with Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre and former Kop favourite John Arne Riise, and the acquisition of a new left-back remains a summer priority for the Reds.