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Crystal Palace Hoping to Sign Jose Enrique on Loan Until End of Season

Spurned by Rickie Lambert, Alan Pardew is casting his eye on his former Newcastle United charge, Jose Enrique.

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Though the 2014-2015 Premier League season is only half over, by the usual standards it hasn't exactly been one for the history books. There are so many teams three points or fewer from the relegation zone that despite sitting in fifteenth place, Crystal Palace's measly single point buffer is not nearly enough to keep them from a relegation battle at this stage in the season.

It's not a position Palace have any desire to stay in, and new manager Alan Pardew is trying to shore up his team in a variety of positions to stave off the bitter disappointment of relegation. After being rejected by Rickie Lambert, Pardew recruited Arsenal's young striker Yaya Sanogo on loan, and now he's inquired about securing Jose Enrique's services for the remainder of the season as well.

Pardew and Enrique worked together previously at Newcastle before the Spaniard moved to Merseyside, and thus the defender is a known quantity to a manager who will want his temporary fix to hit the ground running. Whether Enrique will be interested in the move is another matter entirely.

The left back has missed the bulk of the season through injury, only returning recently to the first team. With Brendan Rodgers' current fondness for three centre backs, Liverpool's various fullbacks have seen their playing time reduced depending on which other choices Rodgers makes in his midfield. Liverpool face heavily congested fixture lists over January and February as they compete in four competitions, but that in and of itself is no guarantee of playing time for Enrique.

It's clear Enrique is second choice behind Alberto Moreno, and where he fits once Scouse hero Jon Flanagan returns is anyone's guess. It could be worth Enrique's time to get regular playing time at Crystal Palace, but having finally achieved reasonable left back depth this season, Brendan Rodgers may not be that eager to give it up so quickly, even temporarily.

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