Liverpool will be hopeful of doing away with their problem area at left-back after agreeing a fee with Newcastle United for the much-touted Jose Enrique.

A report in goal.com has stated that executives from both sides agreed on an £8 million deal, in which £6 million will be paid up front with a further £2 million depending on performance related add-ons. After the deal is announced formally, Enrique will take a medical at Anfield after discussing personal terms.

The 25-year-old had made clear of his desire to move to Liverpool and was involved in Twitter rants against Magpies owner Mike Ashley last week, for which he was fined two weeks wages. With just a year remaining in his contract, Newcastle have decided to not take the risk of losing him for free next summer and cash in on their prized asset.

Enrique was Liverpool's top target for the left-back role and the Spaniard, whose availability was enquired by Barcelona, has many admirers at Merseyside. His arrival will jettison Liverpool's summer spending past the £50m mark and he will join other newcomers Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing.

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Barcelona have slapped a 'Not for Sale' tag on the highly rated Afellay.

Highly-rated Barcelona youngster Ibrahim Afellay has been monitored by Liverpool, as well as Spurs and Juventus, but Barcelona have told both clubs that the young Dutchman is not for sale.

It was earlier reported that Barcelona would look to selling Afellay, among others, with a buy-back option in a bid to raise enough funds to prise Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal.

However, that is not the case as the player's agent was quoted as saying, "Afellay will remain in Spain because he is happy at Barcelona. It is normal to receive calls from clubs about players, but they do not amount to much because Barcelona have no doubts about the future of the player."

The clog in Liverpool's midfield could be freed up a bit after a report in The Sun suggested that Joe Cole was the target of French side Paris Saint Germain.

The Qatari Foundation backed team has been spending heavily in the transfer market and Cole could be their latest signing as the report suggested that he could move to France on a free transfer, which would relieve Liverpool of the burden of his £90, 000 weekly wages. The report also suggested that Cole is willing to move abroad as he'd suggested it to his close friends.

Alberto Aquilani is another midfielder who Liverpool are looking to off-load and Italian giants AC Milan, who have made their interest known, has been asked to make an offer around £8.7 million.

On Wednesday, manager Kenny Dalglish spoke of his admiration for the player and the possibility of him continuing to play for Liverpool. However, the Reds aren't likely to reject a suitable bid as they have an excess of players in midfield.

Milan's CEO, Adriano Galliani, had recently claimed his interest in the player, and Aquilani's agent was quoted as saying that a deal was possible.

"Galliani is in China for the Supercoppa Italiana and so we have to wait until he returns to Milan," the agent is quoted as saying by Milannews.it. "I think with a bid of €10m an agreement with Liverpool can be found."

Finally, new signing Charlie Adam has stated that he is raring to start off his Liverpool career.

"No disrespect to Blackpool but the size of this club is ginormous," he told the press. "It's one of the top ones in the world, one of the elite. There aren't many who would get nearly 40,000 fans watching a training session, 80,000 watching a friendly (in Hong Kong).

"The reception in Asia, the whole thing, was incredible and shows the size of this place. But that's the expectation of being here. You look at the history of the club - with Bill Shankly and onwards they have always won trophies. It's just massive and a real honour to have the opportunity of playing for them."

Dalglish had personally traveled to pick the player up and drive him to the training ground to complete the signing - a gesture which is a rarity in football these days.

Adam went on, "It was nice to be picked up by him - that doesn't happen too often, getting picked up by Kenny Dalglish and taken to the training ground to sign for Liverpool. I'll try and put a couple of performances in for him to repay him for that. And, of course, he's a hero - he's Scottish - but that shows the kind of man he is. He's so down to earth. He's achieved such a lot in the game but still has that buzz about coming back in again.