Newcastle ‘offered’ the chance to sign Premier League player on a free – Report

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.

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2 thoughts on “Newcastle ‘offered’ the chance to sign Premier League player on a free – Report

  1. For a player of his position he should be scoring way more per season, put doesn’t, do we need a another player that doesn’t contribute goals to the team over a season? But he is on a free and we are on a shoestring. It’s a sobering reality having once imagined we could be getting someone like Bale. Oh what a season to look forward to next definitely candidates to go down without a doubt.

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  2. I think he’d be a good signing. I take on board the goals thing, but he’s an experienced PL midfielder. He grafts his ar$e off and is decent on the ball.
    I’d take him ahead of Bentalab all day long and him alongside Hayden would be a strong midfield imo.
    They would allow the forwards to play their game without having to track back too much.

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