West Ham United have made an approach to try and best Newcastle United to the signing of free agent Jeff Hendrick.

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The Republic of Ireland midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle after leaving Burnley (Daily Mail).

Indeed Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is said to be close to an agreement with the 28-year-old.

The move has underwhelmed Newcastle fans. It comes after the proposed Saudi-led PCP takeover of Newcastle fell through last month.

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Newcastle ‘close’ to Hendrick move as West Ham make enquiry

Now West Ham are said to be showing an interest in Hendrick, who has also been linked with AC Milan.

That’s according to reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee.

West Ham boss David Moyes has been told he has no money for transfers this summer (Claret & Hugh).

Newcastle are facing up to reality after dreaming of untold riches after a takeover.

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Moyes must sell to buy but that’s easier said than done

And the Hammers have their own financial problems.

The east Londoners are said to have a £70million hole in their finances as a result of the global health crisis and underperformance in the league last season – read full story.

Moyes must sell to buy.

But offloading highly paid, underperforming players in the current climate is next to impossible.

As a result the Scot is said to be looking to the loan and free agent market.

And ExWHUemployee told the latest West Ham Way podcast that ex Burnley midfielder Hendrick is attracting interest from the Hammers.

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Insider lifts lid on Hammers Hendrick interest

“In terms of other signings in midfield, Jeff Hendrick of Burnley is out of contract,” ExWHUemployee told The West Ham Way podcast (August 12th).

“He’s meant to have almost joined Milan previously.

“He’s someone that we’ve enquired about for a free transfer.”

A move for Hendrick is likely to underwhelm West Ham fans as much as it has Newcastle supporters.

The midfielder scored just twice and registered two assists in 22 games for Burnley last season.

He had an average match rating of 6.55 (Whoscored.com).

Would he really improve either West Ham or Newcastle? The answer is probably not.

Hendrick would undoubtedly make a good squad player. But both clubs need to be focusing on improving their starting XIs with the season less than a month away.

Read: ExWHUemployee says when he expects West Ham transfer activity to start moving

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