Newcastle United defender Jose Enrique's proposed move to Liverpool has been cast into doubt, after plans emerged for a double-your-money offer to keep him at St James' Park.
Skysports.com reports how Magpies boss Alan Pardew is planning to offer the former Villarreal full-back a lucrative deal to see off unwanted interest from Liverpool.
"We have been waiting to see Enrique's representatives, they are due here in the early part of next week," said Pardew.
"We are going to make Jose a very, very good offer and we are hoping he is going to accept it."
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is known to be in the market for a left sided defender having deemed Paul Konchesky surplus to requirements at Anfield.
The Merseysiders have been linked with a host of summer targets, including Fabio Coentrao, Gael Clichy, and even a move for former Liverpool star John Arne Riise.
However, a move for Enrique was believed to have carried the most weight, with the player expressing his desire to play in the Champions League.
Although Dalglish and Liverpool would not be able to offer European football next season, the reality is the Reds are much better positioned to fulfil that ambition than Newcastle.
And having sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool in the January transfer window, there are growing concerns amongst Magpies fans about the overall aspirations of their club – something that will also have a factor in Enrique's negotiations moving forward.
"We are realistic about Jose because the ball is in his court on that one, not in ours," Pardew continued.
"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."
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