After agreeing a deal to sign Stewart Downing from Aston Villa, Liverpool will now turn their focus on filling the left-back slot, with Newcastle's Jose Enrique a possible target.

The Mirror reports that Newcastle are resigned to losing Enrique after he refused to sign a lucrative new offer from the Toons. Manager Alan Pardew revealed the player was not focused and on the club and would be allowed to leave.

The Spaniard, also a target for Arsenal, will be sold to the highest auctioneer with Pardew eager to sell quickly, in order to find a suitable replacement.

Pardew said, ....the noises coming out of Jose's camp are that he wants to get a new club (that is) playing Champions League football. We cannot offer him that at the moment, so that seems to be his focus. Hopefully that will change.

It is a moving feast. We have got to be ready because if he goes, it is going to leave a big hole in the team and we need to fill it quickly. But he does travel to the United States with us.

We have had no concrete offers, but we are going to try and have contingency plans in place so that if we do lose X, then Y comes in.

 

Jeffren

Jeffren impressed in Spain's under-21 European Championship triumph in Denmark.

Apart from Enrique, Liverpool are also linked to Barcelona forward Jeffren. Caughtoffside.com reports that Reds manager Kenny Dalglish sees the Barca youngster as the ideal man to beef up the quality of his forward department.

Jeffren, 20, is on his way out of Barcelona after failing to secure a first team part in over four years at the club. Reports suggest Barcelona could agree a fee around the region of £6.5 million for the youngster. Jeffren could provide ample strength in depth to Liverpool as they're looking to sell David Ngog and Dirk Kuyt plays in a wide role.

Jeffren's age also fits into Liverpool transfer policy of investing in youth.

Downing's move to Merseyside could also spell the end of Joe Cole's period at Anfield, as the Metro reports that Aston Villa have already shown an interest in the 29-year-old.

Cole came to Liverpool on a four-year contract from Chelsea last season, but had a horrible first season through a combination of injury and loss of form. Reportedly, Liverpool boss Dalglish is set for showdown talks with Cole and his agent on his part in the plans for next season. Cole's future could depend on how the talk proceeds.

Alberto Aquilani, another player who didn't enjoy a great first season at Liverpool, is more likely to give another jolt at his Liverpool career next season, after his agent said he had little chance of moving.

When asked by milannews.it about the possibility of a return to Serie A, in particular with AC Milan with whom he was linked, his agent Franco Zavaglia said, There is little chance. The possibility of seeing Alberto back in the Italian championship is very small at the moment.

There has been no negotiation for Aquilani to head to Milan. At the moment I believe Aquilani will be wearing the Liverpool shirt next season.