The £1.75 million permanent option on Jack Hendry’s loan deal has been taken up by Belgium side Oostende with them set to sell him on for a profit after he arrives from Celtic, per the Daily Record.
It is believed that Oostende have made the decision to activate their purchase option on Hendry which was included in the loan deal that took him to Belgium last summer.
Since then, the defender has put himself in the shop window with some excellent performances in the Belgian top-flight and also for Scotland.
It has been reported already by 90 Min that West Brom and Sheffield United are amongst the sides that are interested in making a potential move for Hendry this summer. That comes with the likes of Premier League Burnley and Leeds United also having the 26-year-old on their radar.
According to the latest report from the Daily Record, Oostende will be aiming to sell the defender on for a profit this summer after triggering his £1.75 million permanent option.
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90 Min’s report revealed that Oostende could value him at around £10 million if they were to secure a permanent move for him and then sell him on in the same window this summer.
This update suggests that West Brom and Sheffield United will still have the chance to sign Hendry on a permanent deal this summer, despite him heading to Oostende on a permanent deal. The 26-year-old though is going to be available to them at nearer ten times the price that the Belgium club are having to pay to make his deal a permanent one.
The Baggies and the Blades will therefore face a major dilemma as to whether they feel he would be worth that kind of outlay this summer. If he goes on to enjoy a fine Euros with Scotland, then that could well force their hands and they might feel that they need to bring him now while they are well in the hunt for his signature.
It is not often a player moves on twice during one summer transfer window. However, on this occasion that looks like exactly what is going to happen with Hendry. It will be interesting to see whether he does move to either West Brom or Sheffield United and also how much profit Oostende are able to generate from him.