Newcastle United are set to win the race to sign free agent Jeff Henrick, according to a report by The Guardian.
The Republic of Ireland maestro left Burnley prior to the end of last season, after failing to agree on an extension to his existing contract.
Hendrick signed for Burnley for £10 million from Derby County in 2016 and he went onto play 139 games for the Clarets.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce will be keen to bolster his ranks this summer with the intention of improving on last season’s 13th place finish.
Hendrick will certainly bring a wealth of first-team experience and at 28 he should be approaching his prime years.
During 2019/20, the 54-time international midfielder featured in 27 games in all competitions and Burnley did try and keep hold of him.
Newcastle have Jonjo Shelvey, Matty Longstaff, Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden in their central midfield ranks and Hendrick would compliment a plethora of midfielders.
Hendrick was viewed as one of the Championship’s most talented youngster prior to signing for Burnley and his performances for Sean Dyche’s team did catch the eye.
Newcastle might be viewed as a step up and he will naturally hope to be the player who can push the Magpies higher up the division.
TBR View – Hendrick could prove solid addition; if somewhat unspectacular
The signing of the former Burnley midfielder might not be overly exciting but the chance to sign a proven player on a free shouldn’t be sniffed at.
Hendrick’s array of passing is tremendous and he possesses unbelievable work rate qualities.
Newcastle fans don’t demand a team that wins every week but they do demand one that works their socks off in every game – Hendrick will certainly adhere himself to the Magpies faithful in that sense.