Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is growing increasingly impatient with Jose Enrique, who looks to have his heart set on a summer switch to Liverpool according to the Metro.
Continued speculation linking Enrique with a move won't seem to go away, with Pardew facing an uphill task to keep hold of his in-demand star.
The 25-year-old Spanish left-back is out of contract at St James' Park next summer, and the Magpies boss has long been trying to agree a new contract with Newcastle’s prized asset.
"It's difficult because we're finding it difficult to get him to come to the table. We're safe, which was what his people said that they would wait for.
"We're very hopeful he stays but there's no point keeping a player who has set his sights on a club he has perceived is bigger. You can't keep a player that's unmotivated."
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is known to be in the market for a left-back reinforcement, and has also been linked with a move for Celtic's highly rated defender Emilio Izaguirre.
However Enrique, who joined Newcastle from Villareal in August 2007 for a £6.3million fee, is thought to be the Reds' number one target, and the former Spanish U21 international could complete a move to Anfield in June.
Having already lost former striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool in the January transfer window, Newcastle fans will be hoping lightening doesn't strike twice.
But with the financial backing of new Anfield owners Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool have already proved they have the money to tempt any potential target to Merseyside if they decide to step up their interest in the summer.