Liverpool and Arsenal set for Enrique auction
Published 23:00 14/07/11 By Simon Bird
Jose Enrique will be sold to the highest bidder by Newcastle after Alan Pardew revealed the player is not “focused” on the club.
Toon manager Pardew has admitted they won’t keep Enrique this summer, which would mean running the risk of losing out on a potential £8million-plus transfer fee.
The Spanish left-back, a target for Arsenal and Liverpool, has been offered one of the club's most lucrative contracts in recent times - according to Pardew - but is refusing to sign.
So, the Magpies' boss wants a deal to be struck swiftly so he can reinvest the cash from the sale in buying a replacement.
As Newcastle prepare to kick off their pre-season fixtures tonight against Darlington, Pardew said of Enrique: “There is a slight difference between Joey Barton’s situation, with a year left on his contract, and Jose.
“Joey seems pretty focused on Newcastle whereas the noises coming out of Jose's camp are that he wants to get a new club [that is] playing Champions League football.
"We cannot offer him that at the moment, so that seems to be his focus. Hopefully that will change.
“It is a moving feast. We have got to be ready because if he goes, it is going to leave a big hole in the team and we need to fill it quickly. But he does travel to the United States with us.
“It is not ideal for us, as you can imagine. It is difficult. We have offered him a massive contract for this football club and he does not seem to want to sign it, so it is a very difficult position.
“We have had no concrete offers, but we are going to try and have contingency plans in place so that if we do lose X, then Y comes in.
"We are going to have to give ourselves some sort of chance, so that [a deadline-day exit like Andy Carroll’s to Liverpool in January, which left Newcastle with no time to buy a replacement] does not happen again.
"We not want to be in the same position as last time.”
Pardew has also admitted winger Wayne Routledge will be sold.
“Wayne has come back to us and looks good in training," he said, "but it looks like he’s set on going somewhere else.”
In terms of signings, Newcastle have given up on Neil Taylor, the Swansea left-back, after the cost became too high.
“I don’t think Neil Taylor will come to the club," said Pardew. "We got to a situation where we thought there was a price that was set in his contract. That has been proved not to be the case.
"Therefore, it started to get a little bit higher than we anticipated in terms of the fee. I think the boy will end up staying at Swansea.”
Pardew has defended the club against accusations that they have come up well short of spending the £35m raised from Carroll’s sale.
A £7m bid for Paris St Germain striker Mevlut Erdinc remains on the table.
"Going into the season, as we stand now, I think we’re a little bit stronger than we were in the second half of last year," said Pardew.
"The additions we have added will add some intelligence to our play. Particularly [Lille midfielder Yohan] Cabaye, who’s a really intelligent player. I think you’ll see a slightly different Newcastle to last year.
“I’ve been honest in terms of the money - it’s going to be put back into the club.
"We need to make sure that, over the next three or four years, we grow. Our finances have been structured in a way that the team grows each year.”