Wednesday 24 January 2018

Derby reject Premier League club's bid for Ireland star Jeff Hendrick

Jeff Hendrick
Jeff Hendrick

John Percy

Derby County have rejected a £3million bid from Burnley for Republic of Ireland star Jeff Hendrick and insisted he is not for sale.

Burnley's offer for the midfielder was swiftly rejected by Derby, who are determined to keep the 24-year-old at the iPro Stadium.

Hendrick enhanced his reputation after impressing at the European Championships under Martin O'Neill and Burnley made their move over the weekend.

But Derby are understood to consider the bid as "embarrassing", with Hendrick's value far in excess of £3million given the current market.

Burnley are also believed to be demanding around £20million for Leicester City target Michael Keane, which has not gone unnoticed by the Derby hierarchy.

Hendrick has two years left on his Derby contract and is highly regarded by new manager Nigel Pearson, who was appointed last month.

Sean Dyche, the Burnley manager, is yet to make a major signing since promotion back to the Premier League and is now weighing up his options.

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood is another target for Dyche.

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