Newcastle to sign Jeff Hendrick on three-year deal as player undergoes medical

Newcastle United are closing in on a deal to sign Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick.

The 28-year-old is available on a free transfer after leaving Burnley at the end of his contract in June.

Hendrick has undergone a medical on Tyneside and and is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Magpies.

Signed by Clarets boss Sean Dyche for a then club record fee of £10.5million in 2016, Hendrick has been a stalwart in the midfield at Turf Moor.

He made 24 appearances for Burnley in the Premier League last season, scoring twice and registering two assists.

Overall, he made 139 appearances for Burnley in all competitions, scoring 10 goals.

He also has 54 caps for Ireland since making his debut in 2013.

Hendrick will become Steve Bruce ’s first signing since the collapse of the club’s proposed £300m Saudi-led takeover.

Should a deal have gone through it would have made Newcastle one of the richest clubs in world football.

There are rumours of a separate bid from elsewhere, with Mike Ashley still keen to sell up.

Bellagraph Nova Group chief Evangeline Shen is the one who is said to have her eyes on the club, with reports that contact has been made with Ashley.

The Canadian, who heads up the group alongside Singaporean cousins Terence and Nelson Loh, supposedly wants to sign Cristiano Ronaldo if a deal goes through.

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A £280m takeover offer is allegedly already on the table, with Alan Shearer also being lined up for a return in some capacity.

In the meantime though Bruce is thought to be eyeing loan targets this summer with little money to spend on new players.

This is a far cry from the players being linked with a move only a few weeks ago, should a Saudi takeover have taken place.

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