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Sunderland Interested in José Enrique

Sunderland have entered a race with West Brom for the services of Liverpool's "alienated" left back.

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José Enrique looked like he was heading to West Bromwich Albion to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical after Liverpool agreed a deal for the Spanish defender, but late drama as arrived in the form of Sunderland. The Wearside club seem determined to add Liverpool players to their struggling squad, and after a move for Tiago Ilori broke down, have decided that Enrique is wanted.

Deadline day can do wonderful things. It can make big clubs look awfully inept and transform unwanted players into the transfer market's hottest properties. The Sunderland Echo report that Dick Advocaat doesn't just want another centre back but also a left back. The early season struggles of Patrick van Aanholt have been cited by the report as the reason for wanting to add depth to the left back position.

Maybe an offer of competitive wages would divert Enrique away from the Hawthorns. If West Brom were planning to offer Enrique a little less than he's on at Anfield, there may be a need for them to now match his current salary to secure the player. Liverpool might even receive a bit more money for the defender. That's what this writer thinks anyway. It all depends on how serious Sunderland's interest is, but on deadline day, there is little point in moving weakly for a player. Clubs tend to either go hard or go home.

Well, here's your transfer deadline day saga. Did you expect it to be José Enrique? What a world for selfies and seemingly endless holidays.

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