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Deal Agreed with West Brom for José Enrique

The left back has been difficult to shift from Liverpool's books, but Tony Pulis is close to a deal for the Spanish defender.

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José Enrique is the last "alienated" cowboy left in Liverpool's outgoing transfer saloon, and this story doesn't end with Enrique victoriously walking into the sunset. Brendan Rodgers is too quick, too sharp, and too determined to vanquish his opponent. Enter salvation in the form of Tony Pulis. West Bromwich Albion were first linked with the defender yesterday, and those rumours have gathered pace today.

The Liverpool Echo's James Pearce, a journalist with close links to Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers, tweeted that an agreement for Enrique with "a nominal fee" is in place. That low, nominal fee is expected given the player's injury history and sizeable wage packet, but with the main goal getting the player moved on, it's a solid step towards Enrique being on his way on this transfer deadline day.

If the deal goes through, Liverpool will be left with Alberto Moreno and Joe Gomez as depth at left back. José Enrique was never in contention for a starting place but would have been available in emergencies. However, that would have made him a very expensive and injury prone reserve whose best days are probably behind him, so this move would seem to be a smart one for all concerned. According to the report in the Echo, Enrique will now discuss personal terms and undergo a medical. There may still be time for a twist in this tale, but it looks like Liverpool's best source of endless selfies, bulging muscles, and canny social media skills has found a new home.

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