Brighton, Burnley among Prem clubs chasing Celtic’s Hendry

Brighton and Burnley are monitoring the progress of Celtic defender Jack Hendry, according to reports.

The 6ft 4in centre-back is enjoying a great loan spell with Belgian outfit Oostende this term.

Numerous impressive performances have increased his transfer value and alerted scouts in England.

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According to the Daily Mail, Brighton and Burnley are leading the race for Hendry’s signature.

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They’re joined by Premier League strugglers Sheffield United.

The report states that Hendry is benefitting from regular first team football in Belgium this season.

He is developing into a potential star with great ball-playing abilities. The Scotsman is also a real threat from set pieces.

Celtic know that Hendry is attracting interest and could consider selling him to improve their transfer funds.

Burnley are looking at the 25-year-old as a potential replacement for James Tarkowski.

The England international has been linked with Leicester City and Manchester United.

Brighton are also expecting bids in the summer for exciting defender Ben White.

The Seagulls may invest any money they receive for White into Hendry.

Sheffield United, meanwhile, are busy preparing for life in the Championship.

Relegation could unsettle the first team with the Blades at risk of losing John Egan.

The Ireland international has been a stalwart at the back at for Chris Wilder but might seek to remain in the top flight.

Hendry would be a perfect solution for Wilder in the heart of his defence.

If Celtic fail to receive a sufficient bid then Hendry could be put in the first team next season.

The Scottish side’s defence has been a problem area in 2020/21. They conceded 19 goals in the Europa League as they finished bottom of Group H on just 4 points.

Hendry might be brought into the squad to replace either Stephen Welsh or Kristoffer Ajer.

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