The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Alan Pardew has given Jose Enrique two weeks to decide if he’s staying with Newcastle, or heading to Liverpool.
With the summer transfer period drawing closer, Newcastle are said to be becoming impatient with the star left back, and want a decision so they can decide on a budget and which positions to fill.
Enrique has so far stalled any contract talks with Newcastle, further fueling speculation that an agreement with Liverpool may already be done. The official reasoning behind not signing a new deal was that Newcastle had yet to secure safety in the Barclays Premier League, but now the Toon are sitting at mid table, and no word has come from Enrique on when a new contract will be signed.
Recently Enrique told the BBC that while he was happy at Newcastle, a move may well be on the cards in the summer.
"I'm just concentrating on playing for Newcastle," Enrique told BBC Late Kick Off.
"If I have to continue here [at Newcastle], I'm happy. If I have to go to another club, I'm happy in England.
"If I have to go to another league, I'm happy.
"I just want to play football - it's my life and it's best for me."
Liverpool legend Phil Thompson, a good friend of Kenny Dalglish’s, told a Norwegian TV station recently that a deal between the manager and Enrique, worth a reported £15 million, had already been done.
“From what I've heard, yes the deal has been done and he will come to Liverpool,” Thompson told Norwegian station TV2.
“It'll be interesting because he's done very well. He had a difficult first season coming into the Premier League a couple of years ago but he really understands the game now.
“He's one of those full backs who is good going forward but he's also a good defender and I think that is the main thing.”