Liverpool Transfer Spending Continues; Newcastle United's Jose Enrique to Join

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - JULY 26: Sanchez Jose Enrique #3 of Newcastle United FC controls the ball against the Columbus Crew on July 26, 2011 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have today officially confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Newcastle United for the transfer of Spanish left-back Jose Enrique.

In one of several long-running transfer sagas through the summer, the Reds have been searching for a left-sided defender for quite some time. In fact, since John Arne Riise departed for Roma some would say.

Last season's attempt to fill the gap with Paul Konchesky backfired terribly, and with Emiliano Insua back to playing in the reserves for Liverpool recently, only injury-prone Fabio Aurelio and largely inexperienced Jack Robinson remained as natural left-backs for manager Kenny Dalglish.

However, Liverpool have now seemingly made their choice, and the Toon defender will soon be set for a medical and to discuss personal terms with the Reds, with all of this seemingly a formality before the defender signs.

With just two days remaining before the start of the 2011-12 Premier League season, it remains to be seen if Enrique is thrown straight in for the opening match against Sunderland, but even if he does not make it in time for that game, Liverpool will be confident they are signing a player to benefit them over the course of the whole season.

While earlier in the summer rumours floated around with a £10 million or even £12 million price tag on the Spaniard, today's media speculate that the actual fee could be around half of that at just £6 million representing good business for the Merseyside club in prising away a player who had just one year left on his contract and had shown no inclination to renew with the ailing Magpies.

Jose Enrique featured in 36 of Newcastle's 38 league matches last season, picking up five yellow cards and one assist.

The move to Anfield will re-unite him with former teammate Andy Carroll, who joined Liverpool in January from Newcastle.

When finalised, the impending transfer will bring Liverpool's spending over the £100 million barrier since FSG took over the ownership of the club and end the side's long search for a reliable and consistent left-back.


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