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EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle set to offload unwanted international with loan move to local rivals close

Ireland's Jeff Hendrick and Seamus Coleman look to crowd out Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, November 2021

Middlesbrough are in talks with neighbours Newcastle United over a deadline day deal for midfielder Jeff Hendrick, TEAMtalk understands.

The Irish international has been told he can leave St James’ Park this month as Eddie Howe looks to free up room in his squad. The 29-year-old former Burnley man has barely featured under Howe since he took charge.

Just 11 minutes of Premier League action have followed for Hendrick, who was in and out of the side more often when Steve Bruce was in the dugout.

And with the Magpies having announced the signing of Bruno Guimaraes, his position is set to diminish further.

As such, he is now set to swap Tyneside for Teesside.

An initial loan deal is understood to have been agreed as Chris Wilder looks to bolster his options ahead of a late promotion push.

Boro currently occupy the last play-off spot, and are eight points off the second automatic promotion place.

Newcastle still need one big signing

Newcastle still need one big signing

All their singings (bar the incoming Bruno) will be good enough for the cause.

Wilder had targeted his former Sheffield United lieutenant John Lundstram at Rangers.

But with that deal now looking unlikely, they have pushed to land Hendrick, and he could be a key addition to their options in the middle of the park.

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Newcastle move for Man Utd outcast

Nemanja Matic, Dean Henderson, Diogo Dalot, Donny van de Beek, Carabao Cup action for Man Utd

Meanwhile, Newcastle are reportedly “hopeful” of wrapping up one of two Manchester United outcasts which could subsequently bring about a departure.

With so many stars struggling for minutes at Old Trafford, that seemed to be a potentially fruitful hunting ground for the Magpies in the January transfer window. Indeed, they have enquired about a number of transfers with United.

However, Donny van de Beek didn’t want to join them. And the demands for Jesse Lingard have proved to be too much.

As the St James’ Park hierarchy drew up their last-gasp list of targets, Lingard was included again.

They can after all still take a player on loan from a fellow Premier League club. They are yet to take up this spot in their squad.

But Lingard no longer appears to be the priority. According to the Manchester Evening News, it is Dean Henderson who the Toon want.

It’s claimed a deal is in the works. It would see Newcastle pay the goalkeeper’s £100k weekly wages in full plus a loan fee.

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