Newcastle United have been offered the chance to sign former Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick, according to The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder.
The Republic of Ireland international is now available on a free after rejecting an offer to remain at Turf Moor.
He was linked with a potential move to Tyneside back in March, with an ‘exclusive’ from TEAMtalk claiming that Steve Bruce was a ‘huge fan’ of the 28-year-old midfielder.
Now, a few months later, Lee Ryder reports that ourselves and Aston Villa have both been contacted by the players representatives and asked if we’d be interested in a deal.
He also claims that Hendrick has emerged as a surprise target for Serie A giants AC Milan, but states that the Irishman is now weighing up his options before making a decision on his next move.
Hendrick has done a decent job at Burnley and was starting to become a key player in a Sean Dyche side that enjoyed yet another impressive season against all odds.
He could be a useful addition to our squad and a decent buy on a free, but I’d also argue that he doesn’t really improve our starting 11 – and that should be the key focus this summer if COVID-19 limits us to just a handful of new recruits.
He could be a bargain alternative to Bentaleb, but I wouldn’t blame any NUFC fan that hopes to see us set the bar a little higher this summer.
For me, quality over quantity is needed, and I’m not sure Hendrick fits that remit.