By Adefunmiloye Alani

1st Jun, 2021 | 2:34pm

Leeds United have been scouting Jack Hendry as Oostende looks to sell him after activating permanent move

Leeds United have been scouting Scotland international centre-back Jack Hendry, according to 90min.

The Celtic defender is currently on a season-long loan with Belgian side Oostende, and the likes of Burnley, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Sheffield United have also been keeping tabs on him alongside the Whites.

90min reports Oostende have activated an option to buy Hendry for around £2million and he has put pen to paper on a contract over the weekend.

However, the 26-year-old will not be playing with the Belgians next season as they have agreed to sell him on to the highest bidder this summer, which means Leeds still have a chance of signing him.

A quality centre-back for Leeds?

The Elland Road outfit are looking to bolster their squad this summer as they eye finishing in the European places in the Premier League next season.

Leeds could snap up a defender to provide quality cover and competition to their current options, and it appears that Hendry is on their radar.

While he struggled after joining Celtic from Dundee in January 2018, making just 15 Premiership appearances before loan spells at Melbourne City and Oostende, the Scottish giant has grown in leaps and bounds over the last 12 months.

Hendry emerged as the best foreign player in the Belgian league in 2020-21 and has made Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad as a reward for his fine campaign.

Sky Sports pundit and Celtic legend Davie Provan was full of praises for the 6ft 4in defender in January, dubbing him a ‘proper centre-back’ after noticing his massive development.

“Saw footage of Celtic’s Jack Hendry playing on loan at KV Oostende recently,” Provan told The Sun.

“Where he was lightweight when signing for Brendan Rodgers, he’s added half a stone of muscle to look like a proper centre-back. Wolves are among a number of clubs known to be interested in him and so too should Scotland boss Steve Clarke.

“We don’t have many defenders with the distribution of Hendry. Celts could do with him in their current emergency but there was no release clause in the deal. Oops.”

Leeds conceded 54 Premier League goals in 2020-21, and we need to improve at the back to have any chance of finishing in the top-seven next term.

Hendry could be the man to help make us tick at the back, but it remains to be seen if a concrete move would be made for his signature this summer.

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