NEWCASTLE United are losing their battle to persuade left-back Jose Enrique to sign a new long-term deal.
The club offered Enrique a lucrative new contract last month, and were hopeful of a positive response from the defender.
But Enrique and his representatives haven’t given manager Alan Pardew any encouragement over the past fortnight.
As previously feared, Enrique’s mind looks to be made up on a move away from St James’s Park, whether it be this summer or next, when he can leave on a free transfer.
While Pardew hasn’t yet given up on keeping the 25-year-old at the club, the odds are looking increasingly slim on Enrique extending his association with Newcastle beyond next year, when his present deal runs out.
“At the moment it looks like he doesn’t want to deal with us,” conceded Pardew.
“We’ve been asked to make him an offer, but there’s been no progress since then. I still hope we can do something, but at the moment, we’re still waiting for Jose.
“I don’t think there’s anything more I can really add on that situation at this stage.”
Liverpool are among the clubs monitoring Enrique’s situation.
However, the club reportedly made a £5m bid for Arsenal’s Gael Clichy last week.
Enrique would most likely cost considerably more, despite having only 12 months left on his deal, and Anfield manager Kenny Dalglish might feel Clichy – who is also out of contract next year – offers better value.
Enrique, for his part, could opt to see out the last year of his contract and leave on a free transfer next summer.
However, United – who have bid £1m for Swansea City left-back Neil Taylor – would want to cash in on the former Spain Under-21 international, who could command a fee of up to £10m.
Meanwhile, Pardew – who last week clinched the signing of midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Lille – is confident of another breakthrough in the transfer market “in the next 10 days”.
Pardew is looking to strengthen up front, and West Ham United’s Demba Ba is one target.
Newcastle are also hopeful of making progress in their attempts to sign 22-year-old Taylor, who is understood to be keen to move to St James’s Park.
“Things are definitely moving on now, and we expect to be busier between now and the start of the season,” he added.
“We’re working very hard on one or two players, and we hope to announce something soon. We should be able to announce a second signing, I would think, in the next 10 days.”
One player who won’t be arriving at United this summer is Lorient striker Gameiro, who joined Paris Saint-Germain over the weekend in a £10-plus deal.
The 24-year-old said: “I’m very happy, very proud. This club is in my area. My family and friends are here. I always wanted to play at the Parc des Princes.”