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Pardew’s Enrique Ultimatum: £6M + Player

Here’s another corker from the pages of the Sunday edition of the Daily Mirror, which you can choose to believe or disbelieve depending on what mood you’re in!

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, has targeted Newcastle’s Jose Enrique as the potential answer to his left-back problem. This story has been around for a while now, and depending on your view point could be a load of old cobblers. Earlier this year Enrique apparently told the Spanish media that he wanted a move from Newcastle, believing he’d gone as far as he could with the Geordies.

That story was later refuted by the player himself, who claimed that his comments had been twisted. Just a tip here Jose…if you don’t want what you say to be misinterpreted, then don’t say things that suggest you want to move clubs. Ok?

Earlier this week, Alan Pardew made it clear that he wanted Jose to stay at Newcastle. He was quoted in the local press (and later on the excellent NUFC.com website) as saying, We want to keep our best players and Jose’s one of them. As far as anything being a done deal, that’s not true. We want Jose to stay. Nothing’s changed.’

As was later pointed out by the good people at NUFC.com, that’s exactly the same sort of babble Newcastle heard from Alan Pardew regarding one Andy Carroll. Where did he end up again?

So, we’ve no idea if Enrique will go anywhere this summer. But according to the Sunday Mirror, Newcastle have gone back to Liverpool with a counter-offer that might just change things slightly. Pardew is apparently willing to sell Enrique, but he wants promising Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing in return. Oh, plus a transfer fee which could be anything between £6 to £10 million.

The figures won’t put Liverpool off. Dalglish is going to have money to spend, no question. But would he want to sell Spearing given that he’s made much about giving Liverpool’s youth talent a chance, playing the likes of Martin Kelly and Jonjo Shelvey in recent games.

By using Spearing as a makeweight in a deal for a foreign born player like Enrique, surely the Liverpool manager would be exposing the hypocrisy that exists within the modern game? Clubs like Liverpool have a wealth of young talent at their disposal, and Kenny Dalglish knows that better than anyone. But by bringing in established talent from other clubs, is he not just stunting the development of the young players at Liverpool?

It’s likely that Dalglish feels the same way, and the deal for Enrique (if there is one) might have to be put on hold until a suitable compromise can be reached. Newcastle fans will not want to see Jose leave St. James’ but with the current rabble in charge, they might have to watch one of the team’s brightest talents move to Merseyside…again.

Follow Peter Turner on Twitter @petermagpie

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