Liverpool target Jose Enrique has been offered a new contract by Alan Pardew in a bid to keep the Spaniard at St James’ Park, but Kenny Dalglish hasn’t given up the fight yet.
"We have been waiting to see [Enrique's] representatives, they are due here in the early part of next week,” Pardew told the Evening Chronicle of discussions over Enrique’s new deal.
“We are going to make Jose a very, very good offer and we are hoping he is going to accept it."
"We are realistic about Jose because the ball is in his court on that one, not in ours.
"He will be offered a fantastic contract here, he knows that, but still it is going to be down to his decision. I am still hopeful."
Liverpool have been strongly connected to the left back all season, with Dalglish said to have taken a personal liking to Enrique, as well as believing that the star can fill a position at Liverpool that has been a problem for some time.
Enrique is valued by the BBC at £15 million, and speculation is circling that the 25-year-old has already agreed to a deal with Dalglish to make the move to Merseyside.
Phil Thompson, a close friend of Dalglish’s and Liverpool legend, recently told a Norwegian TV Station that the manager and player had already shook hands on the move.
“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.”