Exclusive – Scotland international Jack Hendry has committed to joining Oostende permanently after the Belgian side triggered their option to sign him following his loan from Celtic.
The 26-year-old joined Oostende on loan last summer and managed to negotiate an option to buy of just under £2m, with Celtic keen to offload Hendry at that point.
Since then, however, Hendry has enjoyed a fantastic rise to prominence. He was named the best foreign player in the Belgian league after guiding Oostende to sixth and has been handed a spot in Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad as a result.
Sources have confirmed to 90min that Oostende have leapt at the chance to pay such a small fee for Hendry, who is understood to have put pen to paper on a contract with the Belgian side over the weekend, but he will not be playing there next season after Oostende agreed to sell him on to the highest bidder this summer.
90min revealed that teams from both the Premier League and Championship have reached out over a permanent deal for Hendry. Burnley, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Leeds have all been scouting the 26-year-old, as have West Brom and Sheffield United.
There has also been interest in Hendry from Germany, the Netherlands and a handful of Belgium’s top sides, with most suitors voicing a willingness to pay up to £10m for Hendry and hand Oostende a quick profit of £8m.
“I don’t know where I will be next season,” Hendry recently told a press conference ahead of Euro 2020. “I am concentrating on Scotland and letting those sort of things happen with my representatives and the club.
“What will be will be so for me, the main focus just now is these training sessions and games for Scotland.
“I have been in the situation before when I have been linked with clubs, it is nothing to me, it is at the back of my mind. I am not concentrating on that at all.
“My main focus is coming away with Scotland, helping the squad and trying to make an impact in this team.”