Toon targeting 'Enrique replacement' - reports

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Newcastle are targeting Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge as a replacement for outgoing Jose Enrique, according to Sunday newspaper the People.

Enrique looks set to exit Newcastle this summer, with the Spaniard wanting to challenge for trophies and participate in Champions League football.

“The noises coming out of Jose's camp are that he wants to get a new club [that is] playing Champions League football,” Pardew said on Friday over Enrique’s future at Newcastle.


"We cannot offer him that at the moment, so that seems to be his focus. Hopefully that will change.”

Enrique, said to be worth around £8 million, has starred for Newcastle since moving to the club in 2007, and Pardew will need to make a big signing to replace one of his top men.

Wayne Bridge could well be the perfect fit at the north-eastern club, with the Manchester City star set to exit Eastlands as the club cut their wage bills to continue buying top class players.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy are also reportedly going to be cut from City’s books, and Newcastle feel that they may be able to get Bridge to decrease his wages if they offer a starting position and long-term deal.

A Newcastle insider told the Sunday paper: “We would definitely be interested in Bridge. He would be a valuable addition to our squad, whether or not we sell Jose.

“But he would have to show us he still wants to play football and take a drop in his wages.”

Manchester City will no doubt be willing to listen to offers for Bridge, who had a spell at West Ham on loan from last January.

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