NUFC to make last-ditch attempt to keep Jose Enrique

NEWCASTLE United will make a last-ditch attempt to keep Jose Enrique at St James’s Park.

Enrique is heavily tipped for a summer exit, with Liverpool leading the chase for the defender.

But manager Alan Pardew hasn’t given up hope of persuading the 25-year-old to extend his association with the club beyond next year, when his present deal runs out.

And the club’s hierarchy will put a “very good” offer to his representatives next week, according to Pardew.

“We’ve been waiting to see his representatives – they’re due here in the early part of next week,” Pardew told SportMail.

“We’re going to make Jose a very, very good offer, and we’re hoping he’s going to accept it.”

Enrique’s future has been the subject of intense speculation since February, when he told Pardew he wouldn’t discuss a new deal until the club had secured its Premier League status.

Newcastle secured another season of top-flight football at St James’s Park earlier this month, but up to now the club hasn’t been able to meet his agents.

While Pardew is “hopeful” of a breakthrough, he’s also realistic given the former Spain Under-21 international’s desire to play in European competitions.

Pardew went on: “We’re realistic about Jose, because the ball’s in his court on that one, not in ours.

“He’ll get offered a fantastic contract here. He knows that, but still it’s going to be down to his decision. I’m still hopeful.”

Enrique is close friends off the field with fellow Spanish-speakers Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez, and Pardew’s mindful the pair could become unsettled if Enrique leaves St James’s Park.

“Of course, of course, but there’s nothing we can do about that,” said Pardew.

“All we can do is bring the best possible players in.”

Bayern Munich have also been credited with an interest in Enrique, who jolined United four years ago in a £6.3m deal from Villarreal.