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Jeff Hendrick to Reading FC: What do we know so far? Is it likely to happen?



It’s been a difficult summer for Reading so far, with the Championship club seeing a number of key squad members depart. 

No area of the pitch has felt those exits harder than the midfield – with Alen Halilovic, John Swift, Andy Rinomhota, and Josh Laurent all leaving on free transfers – and Paul Ince’s options in the centre of the park are greatly reduced.

It’s without doubt somewhere the Royals will look to strengthen during the transfer window and Newcastle United‘s Jeff Hendrick has been linked as a target.

We’ve taken a look at what we know so far to examine whether it is likely to happen…

What do we know so far?

A report from the Daily Mail has claimed that Hendrick is one of three Newcastle players, alongside Ciaran Clark and Dwight Gayle, training with the U23s as they near the exit door.

All three are expected to leave St James’ Park and the North East club are understood to be talking to multiple Championship clubs with loan moves likely for the 2022/23 campaign due to the lengths of their current contracts.

Reading has been touted as a likely destination for the Republic of Ireland midfielder while both Clark and Gayle have been linked with multiple clubs.

The Athletic reported earlier this week that Newcastle’s preference would be to sell Hendrick while they’re keen to get options or obligations to buy included in any deals.

In June, it was claimed that finding clubs to take on the wages of the players like the 30-year-old (£40,385-a-week as per Spotrac) had proven problematic.

The Royals are unable to spend money on transfer fees this summer, which means their business, including any move for Hendrick, will have to be done via the loan and free agent markets.

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Is it likely to happen?

Yes, you feel there’s a good chance we could see Hendrick plying his trade at Reading next season.

The Royals need to strengthen in midfield and Newcastle are keen to offload the Irishman – both to reduce their wage bill and trim Eddie Howe’s bloated squad.

We know that the Championship club are facing financial issues, however, so any deal would have to be a loan and likely one that sees the Magpies cover a significant share of the wages.

An option to buy may be included but it’s hard to see Reading agreeing to an obligation to buy at this point and they may not even be allowed to do so.

The worry for the Berkshire club is another club entering the race for Hendrick and being able to offer Newcastle better terms but wrapping things up quickly should help them avoid that.

London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Jeff Hendrick to Reading FC: What do we know so far? Is it likely to happen?

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