According to multiple reports, among them The Guardian, Liverpool will end months of speculation on Friday by completing the signing of Newcastle left back Jose Enrique. Anfield manager Kenny Dalglish has been seeking a new left defender all transfer season, and Enrique's name is undoubtedly the one that has come up most in rumours.
Reports suggest that Newcastle United agreed to a six million pound offer from Liverpool, and that Enrique passed a medical at Liverpool's Melwood Training Ground on Thursday. Dalglish is hoping Enrique will sign his new contract and be ready for duty in Liverpool's season opener against Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday.
The 25-year-old Spaniard joined Newcastle from Villareal in 2007 for a fee of 6.3 million. He quickly established himself as one of the best attacking left backs in the Premier League with a string of impressive performances with the Magpies.
This season, however, was the last on a five-year contract, and he expressed a desire to move on to a new level in his career. Liverpool's long-term interest in him could well be the reason why.
Enrique joins winger Stewart Downing in a complete rebuild on Liverpool's left flank. That side now looks like one of the strongest in the league.