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Jeff Hendrick set to miss out on dream AC Milan transfer move due to Covid-19 after leaving Burnley

JEFF HENDRICK looks set to miss out on a dream move to AC Milan and stay in England because of Covid-19.

Hendrick is a free agent after his contract at Burnley ran out and he rejected a last-minute offer of a new deal.

The Ireland midfielder, 28, had been linked with a surprise switch to the San Siro.

Liam Brady — for seven years — and, briefly, Robbie Keane are the only players from the Republic of Ireland to have played in Serie A.

But his international boss Stephen Kenny suggested that the global pandemic has lessened the prospect of a move outside England, who has also attracted interest from Newcastle United.

Kenny said: “Covid has impacted his situation, probably. He’s in the prime of his career and he’s a free agent so he won’t be short of options, I’m sure.

“He’ll have good offers, probably. I imagine that complicated the situation in terms of going anywhere, I’d say.

“But I don’t know where he’s going or what he has planned now. That’s his private business at the moment.”

Kenny suggested that finding a club which would play the ex-Derby County man in his preferred role would be a key factor.

He added: “I think Jeff would be keen to play in a central area and focus on that.

“He’s been playing wide on the right for a long period.

“He would view himself as a central player and would like to play in a central area.”

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