Newcastle have their sights set on former Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick as they look to improve their squad ahead of next season.
The Toon have already had a bumpy summer after talks of their potential new ownership deal with Amanda Staveley and co collapsed. However, it now seems as though the Tyneside faithful could have some good news, with The Guardian reporting that the Magpies are favourites to snap up the 28-year-old.
Should Hendrick start for Newcastle?
Hendrick was released by the Clarets after they failed to agree new terms, so Newcastle merely need to agree personal terms with the midfielder.
Alan Hutton has waxed lyrical about the Republic of Ireland international, who the ex-Scotland defender feels would be an ideal addition to Steve Bruce’s current squad.
“I think he’d (Bruce) be over the moon with that, I think he’s been a top-quality player – it was touted that AC Milan were interested,” Hutton said in an interview with Football Insider. “I think he’s been a great player for Burnley, he would definitely fit into the way Steve Bruce likes to play and I think Steve Bruce has got an eye for a player – he can see how he’s going to fit in.”
Hendrick missed just eight games across all competitions during Burnley’s 2019/20 season. He chipped in with three goals and two assists, taking his overall tally with the Clarets to 26 goals and 19 assists (via Transfermarkt).
Signing Hendrick, especially on a free contract, could prove to be good business for the Toon. They finished last season in a respectable 13th place but will be hoping to build on that in the upcoming campaign.
“He would definitely fit the bill at Newcastle and the way they’re heading at the moment,” Hutton concluded.
The Magpies have been linked with the £8.1m-valued man since he was released by Burnley. However, they may have to fend off the likes of AC Milan, Aston Villa and even Manchester United, who are all reportedly interested in his services.
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