Celtic defender Jack Hendry is set to sign for Belgian side Oostende on a permanent basis, despite previous interest from West Brom, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
Celtic and Scotland centre half Jack Hendry will be joining Oostende in Belgium permanently…had an option in loan deal that has been taken up.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) June 25, 2021
The defender caught the eye with a number of strong performances for Oostende whilst on loan with them in the 2020/21 season.
Hendry made 30 appearances in all competitions for the Belgian side, as they finished fifth in the top-flight this term. It appears as though Oostende have been impressed with what they’ve seen from the young Scotsman, as they’re set to take up their option to sign him permanently this summer.
The 26-year-old has been with Celtic since 2018, but has made just 27 appearances for their first-team, and he looks set to depart the club on a permanent basis in the near future.
Hendry had previously been linked with a move to West Brom earlier in the summer transfer window, as the Baggies looked to add depth to their defensive options ahead of the new league campaign.
West Brom were relegated from the Premier League in the 2020/21 season, and will be looking to win promotion back into the top flight at the first time of asking, whilst under the management of newly-appointed boss Valerien Ismael.
The Baggies are set to get their 2021/22 campaign underway on August 7th, when they take on AFC Bournemouth, in what is likely to be a tricky test for them on the opening day of the season.
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This will be a frustrating update for the Baggies.
Hendry has impressed me in recent months, and he’s certainly not looked out of place in the Scottish national side in this year’s European Championships.
Oostende have evidently been impressed with what they’ve seen from Hendry, and they’re making a smart move in the long-term by signing him, as he’s a player that could develop into a fine defender moving forwards.
West Brom could have benefitted from signing a player of his quality and potential though, and it’ll be interesting to see which alternatives they turn to ahead of the new season, as additional depth is needed as they prepare for life back in the Championship.