Liverpool news – Enrique deal near, Reds lead race to land Wickham, Suarez confident

Reds lead race to land Wickham.

Liverpool target Connor Wickham will snub interest from Sunderland and join the Reds this summer, The Sun reports.

The Merseysiders are fighting the Black Cats for the 18 year old frontman with Sunderland reported to have considered lodging an £8 million bid for Wickham. Ipswich manager Paul Jewell said that there have been enquiries for Wickham, but no tabled offers. Wickham is interested in a move to Anfield and when he returns from international duty with the England under 21s, his future will be decided. However, Jewell does not seem interested in selling his star asset.

Jewell said: ‘Connor is happy here and as far as we’re concerned, he’ll be with us for next season. The good thing is we don’t have to sell to anyone’.

Wickham has impressed heavily since breaking through to the Ipswich side two seasons ago and has attracted several Premier League suitors, but Liverpool’s European ambitions seem to be the tipping point for Wickham to leave Portman Road and move to the Reds this summer.

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Enrique deal near.

The Metro reports that Newcastle left back Jose Enrique is a step closer to joining Liverpool after his contract talks broke down.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has made left back a priority area for his side this season and has been interested in Arsenal’s Gael Clichy and Benfica’s Fabio Coentrao as well as Enrique. The 25 year old Spaniard impressed heavily for Alan Pardew’s side and could be the target of an £7 million offer from the Reds this summer.

Newcastle boss Pardew has said there has been little contact between the club and Enrique and his agent after the season ended, despite Newcastle saying they would offer Enrique a fantastic deal to stay at the club. With the uncertainty also surrounding the future of midfielders Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan at Newcastle, Enrique is expected to move to Anfield this summer.

Suarez confident.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is confident that his side can challenge for the title next season, if they replicate the form they produced under manager Kenny Dalglish, The Guardian reports.

The Reds gained 34 points from 18 matches under Dalglish last season and if they had continued with that same points to game ratio all season, Liverpool would have finished with the same total as second placed Chelsea and third placed Manchester City.

Suarez said: ‘I think the form we showed over the second half of the season bodes well. We’ve been playing well and I think we’ve been getting into the type of form that we know we’ll have to keep up for a whole season if we want to be title contenders’.

The Uruguayan’s arrival at Anfield in January coincided with a Liverpool revival and his impressive performance against local rivals Manchester United in a 3-1 victory for the Reds really kick-started Liverpool’s resurgence up the Premier League table. Suarez scored four goals in 12 appearances for last season since his move from Dutch side Ajax on the winter transfer deadline day.

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