Newcastle United midfielder Jeff Hendrick

Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury has a “great engine” but is too similar to Newcastle United midfielder Jeff Hendrick, according to Paul Robinson.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one claimed the Magpies should not be pursuing a midfielder who gets barely any game time at the King Power Stadium.

This site revealed on 7 June that Newcastle are working to beat Southampton to the signing of Choudhury after Steve Bruce made the 23-year-old one of his top targets.

The Tyneside giants came close to signing the centre-midfielder in January but a deal  collapsed at the eleventh hour.

Choudhury has two years remaining on his contract with the Foxes.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the potential signing of Choudhury, Robinson said: “He is not a signing that would excite me as a Newcastle fan.

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“I think he is a good player but he has not played enough football for Leicester really. If he is not getting the Leicester side you start to question why Newcastle would want to sign him.

“They need to progress and move on now and I’m not sure Choudhury is a player who could help them do that. I want to see Newcastle go for the next bracket up of player.

“Choudhury is a solid midfielder and he has a great engine but he is very similar to Jeff Hendrick.

“It is definitely time for him to leave Leicester though. He is at that stage of his career where he needs to play regular football.” 

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