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Jeff Hendrick Reportedly On The 'Hitlist' Of Premier League Sides

Jeff Hendrick Reportedly On The 'Hitlist' Of Premier League Sides

Last season was an average one for Jeff Hendrick in the Championship.

He started 22 games for Derby, compared to 34 the previous season. He scored twice in 2015/16, compared to nine times in 2014/15.

His decrease in starts was partially down to injury but also falling out of favour with the manager at the time Paul Clement.

That disappointing season at club level contrasts to his showing at Euro 2016. Hendrick was Ireland's best player. His star undoubtedly rose with his performances at the tournament.

During the week, Hendrick was linked with a surprise suitor - Galatasaray. Their rumoured evaluation of the player - £2 million - would likely fall well below what Derby would want for the midfielder.

It's not just the Turkish club interested in 24-year-old, he's also being eyed up by sides from the Premier League.

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According to today's Sun, newly promoted sides Burnley and Middlesbrough - both of whom would be familiar with Hendrick from the Championship - have the Dubliner on their 'hitlist'.

A key part of Burnley's Championship winning season was Joey Barton. He has since, surprisingly, departed for Scottish football with Rangers. Hendrick could be the man to fill that gap for Burnley.

Aston Villa, flush with cash since their sale by Randy Lerner, are also apparently interested but Derby would be unlikely to sell Hendrick to a fellow promotion contender.

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