Middlesbrough want to sign Jeff Hendrick from Newcastle
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Middlesbrough want to sign Jeff Hendrick from Newcastle

Alex Crook of talkSPORT has reported on Twitter that Jeff Hendrick is a target for Championship side Middlesbrough. The Magpies have brought in two players so far this window and have yet to sell anyone. Should the deal go through, then the Republic of ireland international would be the first departure of the window.

Hendrick, 29, has rarely featured for Eddie Howe’s side and even previous managers have hardly given him a look in this season. With spaces needed in the 25-man squad, offloading a player that hardly plays and on around £40k-a-week (Sportac) can help Newcastle balance the books.

The likes of Jesse Lingard are being discussed, who will likely be a hefty price on the Toon Army wages. So spaces and unnecessary wages will need to be freed up.

A move to the Championship could be what Hendrick needs, it’s not worked out for him at Newcastle

Hendrick, a Steve Bruce signing on a free transfer, has spent roughly 18 months on Tyneside. His debut started with real promise, providing a goal and an assist against West Ham United. Unfortunately, that was the standout moment for him at Newcastle.

He would score two more times – against Leeds United at Elland Road last season in a 5-2 defeat and this season in a 2-1 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It is evident that the 29-year-old simply isn’t good enough anymore for the Premier League. When you watch him play he struggles do even do the basics like tackling and pressing.

However, a move down to the Championship could benefit Hendrick and Boro. Currently, they sit 7th in the Championship, as they look to break into the playoffs.

Hendrick could perhaps thrive in a slightly lower quality division. Maybe the Republic of Ireland international can help provide a lift in midfield and help The Boro land promotion back to the Premier League.

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Hendrick to Boro is a deal that could benefit both clubs. Newcastle needs to offload a player they don’t really use and is on a high salary, while Middlesbrough gains a player with experience who might thrive off a drop down into a lower league.

Should Hendrick be the first to part Tyneside this January it would be a step in the right direction. His space could allow new faces to come in through the door at Newcastle.