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Will Jose Enrique be the next to go?

Posted on August 25th, 2009 | 8 Comments |

Spain beckons perhaps
Spain beckons perhaps
Jose Enrique could be the next big name to leave Newcastle United according to The Mirror.

Apparently Atletico Madrid are hoping to table a £3m million bid for the defender we signed from Villarreal two years ago for £6.3m.

Enrique has also apparently piqued the interest of Real Zaragosa but only as part of a loan deal. This may not suit Newcastle at the moment because the temporary wage cuts associated with loan deals might not stack up in a long-term cost-cutting exercise.

I’m not sure exactly what wage Enrique gets but I would imagine it’s in the £50,000/week area, which would fit the profile of the sort of player we’re looking to offload. Left backs, however, always seem to be difficult to recruit so the loss of Enrique could leave us very exposed in that area.

It would be doubly annoying given how well Enrique and Jonas seem to be working together on the left for Newcastle at the moment.

Meanwhile it seems that the chances of signing Sol Campbell look to be receding as he has been offered a player/coach and ambassadorial role by Sven-Goran Eriksson at Notts County. Obviously Hull are also interested in signing Sol but that can probably be disregarded.

Furthermore, Forrest manager Billy Davies has said he’s keen to hang onto rumoured Toon target Robbie Earnshaw. He told the BBC:

There’s been no official approach. We’re looking to bring in defensive players, not lose anybody.”

Quite what sort of team we’ll end up with when the transfer window closes is anybody’s guess. We’ll probably just pick up a few players on loan in a mad rush on Tuesday and hope for the best. Who knows though – maybe behind the scenes a well-oiled transfer engine is in operation at Newcastle United and some choice targets will be brought into the club with crisp efficiency.

Or maybe not.

NUFCBlog Author: Hugh de Payen I'm a baby-boomer of the punk rock persuasion, currently exiled in Somerset for crimes committed in a previous life where locals keep trying to poison me with something called 'scrumpy'. Hates sprouts, coat-hangers, Cilla Black, ornaments, Steven Seagull movies and 50 Cent (he's not worth 10). Hugh de Payen has written 634 articles on this blog.

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