Steve Bruce has told Sky Sports News that Jeff Hendrick’s move to Newcastle United is “practically done”.
Speaking from the club’s week-long training base in York, the NUFC boss has also revealed his “delight” at Matty Longstaff’s decision to sign a new long-term contract at the club, saying that deal should be completed in the next ’24-48 hours’.
Here’s what he’s had to say via Keith Downie, with Bruce praising the “valuable experience” Hendrick can add to his Newcastle midfield:
“It’s practically done.
“He’ll provide valuable experience in midfield.”
Bruce then opened up about news of a breakthrough in contract talks with Matty Longstaff, revealing how he “always knew deep down” that the 20-year-old wanted to commit his future to the club:
“He had his head turned and it affected him.
“But he’s a Geordie and I always knew deep down he wanted to stay.
“We’re 99.9% sure that it’s done. There are still tiny little things to get ironed out, which we hope can get ironed out this afternoon.
“He’s on his way down to the camp.“
A double-boost for Newcastle United, with Longstaff’s future something that’s been plunged into doubt for the entire of 2020 until now.
As for Hendrick, it sounds like he’s passed his medical and is a player Bruce is delighted to bring in on a free from Burnley.
Let’s hope there’s several more signings to come – starting with the arrival of a much needed goalscorer!