According to reports on Tuesday morning, Jeff Hendrick has emerged as a late target for promotion chasing Middlesbrough.
This comes from talkSPORT’s Alex Crook, who insists that there will be departures at Newcastle United this month.
So much of the focus has been centred around who we will bring in this month, but with us needing to submit a 25-man squad next month and keep those happy who have been handed such limited game time under Eddie Howe, it seems like likes of Hendrick could be moved on.
This would be music to the ears of most Newcastle fans, with the Irish international doing little to impress since he signed from Burnley on a free transfer 18 months ago.
He’s been handed just one Premier League start all season and actually found the net in that game – a 2-1 defeat at Wolves back in October – however he’s played just 10 minutes of football since Steve Bruce was sacked.
The midfielder also turns 30 this week, so he’s likely to want first-team football elsewhere – especially when he’s only going to slip down the NUFC pecking order even further if and when new signings arrive.
With him now based in the North-East, could a move to join Chris Wilder at Boro be on the cards? It certainly seems like one to watch over the coming week.
Let’s hope wages don’t scupper any move away for Hendrick, as he’s likely to be on decent money after arriving on a free transfer…
Elsewhere, The Athletic report this morning that Newcastle still want two centre-backs, a dynamic midfielder and another attacker (either an attacking midfielder or a striker), with moves for a left-back or a goalkeeper also possible but seemingly further down our priority list.
Should just a few of these deals comes off, you can see why we may need to offload players in a bid to create space.
Hopefully Hendrick can be moved on, while a loan move for Woodman and permanent exits for the likes of Clark and Gayle may also be considered?
As for Matty Longstaff, he seems destined to be left out our next 25-man squad as things stand, meaning another loan may be on the cards after his disappointing stint at Aberdeen.