Monday 16 December 2019

Lambert looks to sign Hendrick

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

IRELAND new boy Jeff Hendrick has emerged as a transfer target for struggling Aston Villa.

The 20-year-old Derby County midfielder was called up to Giovanni Trapattoni's senior squad for the first time this week for next month's friendly against Poland.

Despite being just 20, Hendrick has made more than 80 appearances for the Rams and is a strong competitor in a physical league, something that has impressed Trapattoni when he watched the midfielder at close quarters over the last two weeks.

Villa are on a woeful run of form under manager Paul Lambert and sit 17th in the Premier League.

They suffered an ignominious exit from the League Cup on Tuesday, ousted by League Two club Bradford City.

Lambert has been working under a reduced budget at Villa Park and has blooded a host of youngsters since taking over. In addition, the Villa boss has signed a number of prospects from lower divisions and Hendrick fits that profile.

Meanwhile, Aiden McGeady has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Sunderland and Wigan Athletic believed to be interested in a loan move for the Spartak Moscow winger.

The 26-year-old Ireland international has been at the Russian club since 2010 and they want him to stay beyond 2014, when his contract expires. He has also interested Zenit St Petersburg, but it is believed he wants to leave the country.

Stephen Hunt, meanwhile, is poised to make a shock return to action for Wolves this weekend against Blackpool at Moulineux.

He has been sidelined since last September by a hip injury, needing surgery the following month to shave some bone from his hip.

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