Newcastle United are plotting a move to sign Burnley ace Jeff Hendrick – and he could be the first post-takeover signing, Football Insider understands.
The super-versatile 28-year-old is out of contract in the summer and will be available on a free transfer.
A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that the club have been monitoring Hendrick’s situation for some time and their interest is intensifying amid his contract stalemate.
Sean Dyche has stated he like the Republic of Ireland international to remain at Turf Moor, and earlier in the season claimed contract talks were ongoing.
Those appear to have ground to halt and Hendrick has remained quiet over his future since revealing in late October his desire to remain in East Lancashire.
Newcastle are attracted by what would be a excellent-value signing as there would be no fee involved.
Hendrick can play anywhere across the midfield as well as in behind the striker.
At Burnley, he has often been paired with either Phil Bardsley or Matt Lowton down the right flank, providing them cover and a defensive ally, as well as a key attacking outlet for the team.
Hendrick has made 22 Premier League starts among 27 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring three times and providing two assists.
Since joining Burnley from Derby County in 2016, the 54-times international has played 129 times for the club and been a mainstay of a team that has consistently punched above its weight in the Premier League.