Starting with Hendrick, The Guardian claim we look set to win the race to sign recently released Republic of Ireland star Jeff Hendrick.
The 28-year-old refused to sign a new contract with the Clarets this summer and would be available to sign on a free, with us appearing to be the favourites after it was reported earlier this month that he was offered Steve Bruce’s way.
Elsewhere, the Beautiful Game Podcast have revealed this afternoon that we are the latest side taking a serious look at exciting England U-21 talent Eberechi Eze.
They claim that we are now showing “strong interest” in the QPR star, but insist that there’s plenty competition, with Palace having a £12m bid rejected last week and West Ham and West Brom also known admirers of the attacking midfielder.
Eze bagged 14 goals and 8 assists in a stunning season in the second tier across 2019/20 and it’s reported he could be allowed to leave for around £16m.
Hendrick would fall into the uninspiring category, yet seems like a wise alternative to paying £8.5m for Nabil Bentaleb – not to mention the big wages the Algerian likely demand in comparison.
He did a solid job at Burnley, has an eye for goal, works hard and has Premier League experience, not to mention the fact this seems like a deal that would barely touch Bruce’s limited budget.
As for Eze, he could be an outstanding buy, being the sort of Saint-Maximin-esque match winner that would get fans off their seats and someone who could prove to be a real bargain at £16m.
After little progress in the market so far, let’s hope this is a sign we’re stepping things up a notch!