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Jose Enrique to Newcastle United Deal Off

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A proposed free transfer to Newcastle for fullback Jose Enrique has been called off, meaning the defender will remain at Liverpool until his contract expires in the summer.

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Though deadline day looks set to be a quiet one for Liverpool, there appeared the chance of a few players departing from the club, key amongst them Jose Enrique. The 30-year-old defender, who has only played 20 games over the past three seasons, was reportedly a target for Newcastle United.

With only six months left in his current contract and having been passed on the depth chart by Brad Smith, Liverpool were reportedly willing to let him leave for nothing should another club offer him a deal. Though they apparently were interested, a Newcastle deal appears to have fallen through as quickly as it materialized.

According to the BBC’s Ian Dennis, the north-east club did make an approach for Enrique, but the two sides didn’t get very far in discussions before the deal fell through. Enrique is currently on £65k per week at Liverpool and would have had to have taken a significant pay cut to get a move to Newcastle done.

As Liverpool wouldn’t have made anything off the transfer, and with the wage savings minor for a club of Liverpool’s side given Enrique’s contract runs out at the end of the season, this wouldn’t seem to change much from Liverpool’s perspective. For Enrique, it means a few more months sat in Liverpool’s reserves.