Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

Darren Bent has tipped Jeff Hendrick to offer something “a little bit different” as he closes in on a move to Newcastle United.

The former Derby and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lifted the lid on what his former teammate will offer Steve Bruce and his men next season.

Speaking to Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie on Friday, Bruce confirmed that the 28-year-old is on the brink of completing a free transfer to St James’ Park after his exit from Burnley.

The Republic of Ireland international was in and out of the side under Sean Dyche last season and played a total of 24 times across all competitions.

Bent, who played alongside Hendrick during their time at Derby, has revealed why he thinks the midfielder is a good signing for the Magpies.

Bent told Football Insider: “I don’t remember him playing too much, old Jeff. I played with Jeff at Derby so I know all about him and on a free transfer it’s good for Newcastle.

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“He’s got a great engine on him, really good quality – I don’t think we’ve seen it consistently enough yet but hopefully going to Newcastle we’ll see more of it because I trained with him every day, saw him every day and I know the quality he’s got.

“He’s not quite shown that on a consistent basis yet but I’m sure it will. He can score a goal, give him enough opportunities, he’ll get himself in the box and he can score goals. 

“He’s got an engine on him, he’ll work hard, and he’s one of these versatile players that can play in several different positions so he’ll bring something a little bit different. He’s got real, real quality on the ball so I think he’ll do really well up there.” 

Hendrick has a total of 122 Premier League appearances under his belt to date, as well as 54 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

He will battle it out with the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff for a place in the midfield.

In other Newcastle United news, the club have turned down a Championship side’s bid for one of their fringe players.