Newcastle, Southampton, Burnley AND West Brom all weighing up a late cut-price £4m move for Scotland defender Jack Hendry despite him only joining Oostende this summer
- A host of Premier League clubs are eyeing a move for Scotland’s Jack Hendry
- The defender joined Belgian side Oostende on a permanent deal in June
- His performances for the club earned him a call-up to the Euro 2020 squad
A number of English clubs are considering a late, cut-price move for Scotland international centre-back Jack Hendry.
The 26-year-old only joined Oostende on a permanent deal at the start of the window as they took up a £1.8million option to sign him from Celtic after he impressed on loan last season.
However, the Belgian side are open to making a quick profit on the stylish 6ft 5ins centre-back who was voted player of the year in Belgium last season.
Jack Hendry only joined Oostende this summer, but has significant interest from English clubs
Hendry, who was part of Scotland’s squad at Euro 2020, has attracted enquiries from Burnley, Southampton, West Brom, Sheffield United and Newcastle while Italian side Torino are also interested.
Oostende value Hendry at around the £8million mark but Sportsmail understands a deal could be struck for around £4m which has alerted clubs looking for a late bargain.
Hendry is quick, technically good and strong in the air. Celtic have struggled at centre-back due to injuries and players out of form. Privately, coaching staff have been reticent the club let him go for such a low fee and have watched him grow into a ‘different player’ following a strong season in Belgium and with Steve Clarke’s national side.
Hendry’s (left) performances last season earned him a call-up to Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad
Hendry has benefited from a season playing regularly for Oostende where, despite being an unfancied side who had flirted with relegation the year before, they exceeded expectations to finish fifth based on a strong three-man defence.
Hendry made 30 appearances, scored twice, and won Sport Voetbal magazine’s player of the year award. He then scored for Scotland in their pre-Euros friendly against Holland before playing a part in Scotland’s bid to qualify from their group with England.
Scotland manager Clarke and his assistant John Carver have played a significant role in Hendry’s progress and have been quick to sing his praises to enquiring club managers weighing up a move as the window enters its final stages.
Steve Clarke helped in Hendry’s progress and is thought to be a big fan of the defender
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