Alan Pardew believes there is still a chance that Jose Enrique will remain at Newcastle, despite reports strongly linking the left back with a move away from St James’ Park.

"I'm still hopeful that Enrique - who was a big, big, big, big player for us last year - stays at the football club and we can entice him to stay, and obviously we are still working on that," Pardew said.

"Jose's holidaying and doesn't have too much on at the moment, so we are not confident we can keep him, but we are not scared of losing him. It's somewhere in between, really.

"When you have only got a year left on a player of his ability, of course you are vulnerable, and I think it's nervous times for us on him."

Newcastle have offered the star a new contract, but Enrique is reportedly delaying signing on with the club while he waits for interest from a side that can offer Champions League football.

While Enrique has been continually connected to Liverpool, the Merseyside club aren’t in Champions League or the Europa League, meaning the move won’t be a step up for the Spaniard if he is in fact aiming to play in Europe.

Fans were unsure if Mike Ashley would reinvest the money from Andy Carroll’s sale in January into signings this summer, but the club have so far brought in three new faces, including Demba Ba, Johan Cabaye and Sylvian Marveaux.

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