Celtic look destined to miss out on a £10m windfall for Jack Hendry after agreeing to a clause in his loan deal with K.V. Oostende.
The highly-rated centre-back was loaned out for the season to the Belgian club by the Hoops last summer.
The 6ft 3in defender has been tearing it up in the Belgian Pro League. His form has alerted plenty of teams in the Premier League.
Hendry, who says he was disappointed at not getting a chance at Celtic, has made 23 appearances for Alexander Blessin’s side, scoring twice and has helped them into fourth place.
Blessin has been full of praise for the Glasgow-born defender and in November said: “He’s a great talker in defence. He makes the people he’s playing with better. You can see them listening to him.
“He’s been a tower of experience for us. Jack’s the most important member of the team this season and he’s one of the best defenders in the league. When you get signed by a club the size of Celtic at such a young age, then you obviously must have a lot of qualities.”
Aston Villa, Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Brighton and Burnley have all scouted the player, who looks destined for bigger things.
A deal for the 25-year-old looks like being complicated though because KVO confirmed they “negotiated a purchase option” on the player when he signed on loan in July.
That means the Belgian club have an agreement to sign Hendry for a fee which is understood to sit below the £2m mark, according to 90min.
Celtic look set to make around £250,000 on the £1.5m they paid Dundee for Hendry back in 2018.
Hendry ‘open’ to offers
However, that will fade into insignificance in comparison to the £10m fee that KVO feel they can make.
With Hendry’s stock high with Premier League scouts KVO are preparing to convert the loan into a permanent deal. They are then looking at selling the player for a quick profit this summer.
A fee of £10m has been bandied around by 90min and Burnley, who are understood to have had a bid rejected in January, are set to lead a race to land the three-cap Scotland international.
“I’m open to anything that comes my way,” Hendry said recently in an interview with BBC Sport.
“It’s vital that wherever I choose next season, I need to play every week to continue my development.
“If Celtic want to keep me, that’s something they would need to make a decision on.”