Celtic's Sheffield United 'target' set for permanent Belgium stay despite interest from West Brom and Leeds United

Reported Sheffield United transfer target Jack Hendry appears set to have settled on where he will be playing his football next season.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 7:17 am

The Scotland international central defender’s situation was said to have been monitored by United, West Brom and Leeds United after an impressive season on loan from Celtic at KV Oostende in Belgium.

And now it looks as though that’s where the 27-year-old is staying with reports suggesting that having taken up the option to buy Hendry as part of the loan agreement, Oostende have agreed a three-year deal with the player.

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Jack Hendry looks set to stay at KV Oostende amid interest from Sheffield United (Photo by KURT DESPLENTER/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

It is understood a fee of £1.5 million will keep Hendry in the Jupiler League with the club obviously keen on nailing down the player quickly, before he attempts to make his mark in Euro 2020.

Hendry made a name for himself at Partick Thistle after youth spells at Celtic, Peterborough and Dundee United before earning a move to Wigan. He spent time on loan at Shrewsbury and MK Dons and then returned north to Dundee.

It was there he caught the eye of Celtic but was unable to force his way into the Hoops’ side on a regular basis and spent time on loan at Melbourne City and then Oostende.

Sheffield United are believed to be in the market for a central defender after a season in the Premier League where they were caught short by injuries, including long-term casualty Jack O’Connell who is on his way back but still may not be completely fit for the beginning of the Championship season.