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Pardew Struggling to Cling Onto £6m Defender as Fergie Plots Swoop

Speculation surrounding Jose Enrique’s future on Tyneside is growing as Alan Pardew desperately tries to talk the Spaniard into signing a new deal with the Magpies.

The former Villerreal player has become hot property this season with some assured performances in the Premier League. Enrique signed a 5-year contract with Newcastle in 2007 and as a result this transfer window represents the last chance The Magpies will have to cash in on the 2009/10 Newcastle player of the year.

Enrique was vocal in his disapproval regarding the sacking of former boss Chris Hughton, but some decent results for new manager Alan Pardew have not gone unnoticed. The former West Ham boss will be hoping he has done enough to convince the 24-year-old that his future lies at St. James Park.

However, with big name clubs such as Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Monaco all chasing the Spaniard, it can be easy to see why the left-back may think twice about signing a new deal.

Enrique signed for The Magpies for a fee believed to be around £6.2million which Newcastle could potentially profit on should he leave this month. However, should Newcastle retain his services until the summer, that fee could be halved. Should either Man Utd or Bayern voice their interest, it may be likely that Enrique could stall contract talks for a planned summer move.

Whatever happens, the former Spanish-U21 International will have to keep up his form if he is to bag a summer move to a big club. That said, fans on Tyneside love their left-back and he may never receive that adoration should he up his level. With his contract up next year, the Newcastle big-wigs may just have to throw a few extra pennies Enrique’s way if they are going to hold onto their star defender.

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