West Bromwich Albion are interested in a deal to bring Jack Hendry to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by 90min, who claim that the Baggies, along with clubs such as Burnley, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Leeds United and Sheffield United, are keeping a very close eye on the KV Oostende centre-back ahead of a potential move in the upcoming transfer window.
It is also reported that there is significant interest in the 26-year-old from Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, with clubs thought to be willing to pay up to £10m for the Scotland international.
It is then revealed that Oostende themselves have only just secured the £2m signing of Hendry from Celtic, although the Jupiler Pro League side are believed to have informed the defender that they will be selling him to the highest bidder this summer.
Considering just how impressive Hendry was during his season-long loan spell at the Belgian side last season, it is unsurprising to learn of the significant amount of interest in the centre-back’s services this summer.
Indeed, over his 30 Jupiler Pro League appearances for Alexander Blessin’s side, the 26-year-old helped his team keep six clean sheets, as well as making an average of 0.6 interceptions, one tackle, 4.1 clearances and winning 4.8 duels per game.
These metrics saw Hendry earn a highly impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.01, ranking the defender as Oostende’s third-best performer in the Belgian top-flight – something that is no mean feat having only arrived at the club last summer.
As such, it would be a difficult argument to make that Hendry would not be an extremely useful addition to West Brom’s current options in the heart of defence, leading us to believe that the club’s sporting and technical director, Luke Dowling, should be doing all he can to convince the man Blessin dubbed a “natural leader” of a move to The Hawthorns this summer.