By Noel Whelan

17th Jan, 2022 | 1:48pm

Newcastle told to hijack Eriksen talks and complete signing after update today - pundit

Newcastle United have been told to hijack Brentford’s talks to sign Christian Eriksen this month, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 29-year-old free agent would be a “massive signing” for the relegation-threatened Magpies.

The Athletic report today (17 January) that Eriksen is in talks with Brentford, with the London club tabling a six-month contract.

The Denmark international is a free agent after terminating his Inter Milan contract in December – months after suffering a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

Whelan claimed Newcastle need to add characters like Eriksen, and suggested the midfielder would bring “determination and grit” to the relegation dogfight.

“They definitely need a bit more creativity in that final third,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“Eriksen is someone who can get on the ball, he’s experienced, he can come up with a goal – and he’s an excellent dead-ball specialist.

“I think any experience and quality they can bring in would be a boost for Newcastle – and he wouldn’t cost them anything.

“He could help them stay in the Premier League, but they need to get these types of characters in the door. He would bring that determination and grit, not only on the pitch – but off it as well.

“It could be a massive signing if they can hijack Brentford and get him in.”

Newcastle sit 19th in the Premier League after a 1-1 draw against Watford on Saturday.

The Magpies have already completed deals for Chris Wood and Kieran Trippier in this window.

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