£6m Liverpool target 'flattered' by interest - open to Anfield move

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Newcastle defender Jose Enrique admits he is flattered by the reported interest from Liverpool.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed arguably his most consistent season for the Toon thus far and his performances have caught the eye of a number of potential suitors.

According to The Mirror, Liverpool have expressed an interest in signing the Spaniard and Damien Comolli has been closely monitoring his progress.

The Liverpool director of football strategy was said to be at Ewood Park last weekend and was impressed by what he saw of Enrique as the Magpies kept a clean sheet with the spoils shared against Blackburn.

Enrique is one of a number of left-backs Liverpool are thought to be keeping tabs on as they look to fill the problematic position in the summer.

Paul Konchesky was brought in by the previous regime last August but was subsequently loaned out to Nottingham Forest after failing to make a lasting impression at Anfield, while Fabio Aurelio appears to be out-of-favour with Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish.

The Scot is instead persisting with Glen Johnson - naturally a right-sided player - in the seemingly problematic role but a more long-term solution is expected to be acquired when the transfer window reopens.

And, after learning of the reported interest from Merseyside - as well as from Manchester and Birmingham - Enrique revealed he would be open to a move in order to enhance his career.

“It is flattering that Liverpool are interested. I’ve also heard that Manchester United and Aston Villa have asked about me," he said, according to

“They are both big teams and I’m not closing the door on anyone. I’m ambitious and want to play in the Champions League. I want to win things. I’m OK at Newcastle but I aspire to more."

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