By Nick Ware

4th Jun, 2021 | 3:30pm

Jack Hendry eyes 'highest level possible' amid transfer links to Leeds United

Jack Hendry has detailed his desire to play at the top as a host of English clubs, including Leeds United, are reportedly eyeing a summer swoop for his services.

According to online news outlet 90min Leeds, West Brom and Sheffield United are just a few clubs that have been keeping tabs on the 26-year-old central defender, who spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at Belgian side KV Oostende.

The Scotland international, who has been called up by manager Steve Clarke for this summer’s European Championships, is contracted to Scottish giants Celtic but Oostende are set to trigger their option to buy him before selling him on, as per 90min’s report.

Now The Star has carried quotes from Hendry regarding his next possible destination, and it reads well for Premier League sides like Leeds, but less so for recently relegated pair West Brom and Sheffield United.

“My main focus is just on the Euros and whatever happens afterwards will happen,” he said.

“The most important thing for me next season is playing regularly at the highest level possible.”

On Wednesday, Hendry scored his first Scotland goal against the Netherlands, a major international side missing their talisman Virgil Van Dijk, a “modern” defender the Scot “loved watching” and has “definitely studied”. [The Times]

Options are stacking up

If Leeds really are keen on Hendry then these are positive quotes to read.

It sounds like the defender is ambitious and wants to push himself as far as possible, and if he is confident in his own ability then that could well be with the Whites.

Of course there are two main parts to what he is saying – he doesn’t want to be sat on the bench for the season, but he wants to play at the highest level.

Would a Championship move to Sheffield United and West Brom appeal to a player who has played in the Europa League and, after this summer, will likely be able to add an appearance at a major international tournament to his CV?

From his perspective Leeds looks like an attractive proposition, but from the club’s point of view, we would be left with a surplus of central defenders.

Robin Koch and Diego Llorente were both brought in by Marcelo Bielsa last summer and have impressed when they have been able to take to the field, with injury robbing them of full seasons.

Pascal Struijk has stepped up admirably in their respective absences and looks like a huge prospect for the here and now, as well as the future, which leaves Liam Cooper as potentially fourth-choice.

As club captain and a senior player turning 30 in August he might well be left to assess his options, if the club do look to sign a new central defender.

In other Leeds United news, Graham Smyth delivers significant Raphinha-Liverpool update amid Whites exit talk.