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Burnley fails with offer for Celtic defender Jack Hendry

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Exclusive – Burnley failed with an attempt to sign Celtic center-back Jack Hendry, who impressed on loan with Belgian club KV Oostende.

Hendry entered Ostend’s starting lineup in September, scoring on his debut against Mechelen, and has been a near-permanent player in Alexander Blessin’s side ever since.

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Hendry impressed in Belgium | VIRGINIE LEFOUR / Getty Images

90 mins confirmed earlier in January that several Premier League scouts have been watching the 25-year-old closely this season, and sources have now confirmed Burnley has taken the first step to try to sign Hendry.

Celtic are ready to do business and have already planned their departure by securing the signature of Preston defender Ben Davies on a pre-contract deal. One hurdle, however, is that Ostend would have to agree to cut Hendry’s loan as well – and that’s something they aren’t ready to do right now.

Ostend, currently in sixth place in the Pro League, has the option of signing Hendry for good at the end of the season, meaning Burnley would have to strike a deal with the Belgian side to convince them to move on to that option.

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Sean Dyche was impressed with Hendry | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

The Clarets attempted to negotiate with Ostend but quickly accepted that no deal was possible, ending Burnley’s hopes of landing the Scotsman.

Despite Ostend’s determination to keep Hendry in Belgium, 90 mins understands that other England teams Wolves, Brighton, Aston Villa and Bournemouth are monitoring all his progress, while Werder Bremen, Freiburg, AZ Alkmaar, Brondby and Genk are also interested.

Interest in Hendry may continue to grow over the next few months as the defender finds its way into Steve Clarke’s thoughts for the Scottish national team. Hendry has three Scottish caps to his name but hasn’t represented his country since late 2018, when Alex McLeish was in charge of the team.

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