Celtic defender Jack Hendry completed a move for Oostende yesterday but all is not lost when it comes to Sheffield United’s interest.
The Blades have been tracking Hendry for some time now. Links got stronger in relation to the ex-Celtic man, when United were linked with a move for Alexander Blessin.
Since then, Blessin has remained in Belgium and United have opted for Slavisa Jokanovic as the man to try and win promotion. Talk on Hendry, naturally, quietened down.
Further, Hendry has also now completed a permanent move to Oostende from Celtic. Confirmed by the BBC yesterday, Hendry has signed after the club met Celtic’s £2m release-clause.
But while it might appear Hendry’s future now lies in Jupiler League, all might not be lost for Sheffield United here.
Money to be made
We reported way back in March that Oostende’s plan all along was to sign Hendry and then potentially make a quick profit. And there’s nothing to say that still isn’t their plan.
The £2m release was always seen as a no-brainer for Oostende. But they’ve also always planned on selling Hendry on, firmly believing they can get as much as £10m for their man.
Interestingly, West Brom are already being linked. The Daily Mail suggests that Hendry is very much still open for negotiation.
Jack Hendry a good fit for United?
The Blades do need defenders this summer. We need cover for Chris Basham and John Egan, and we might even need a full-time Jack O’Connell replacement if he doesn’t get back.
But at £10m, we won’t be signing Hendry. Jokanovic will likely have new targets in mind, although Paul Mitchell will no doubt present a list to the new boss.
Oostende are being smart here. In fairness to them, £10m is a lot of money.
If they can do business here after only spending £2m, then good luck to them really. United, though, need to focus on other bits of business.
Getting involved in this one could be messy. And that’s the last thing we need to kick off Slavs’ reign.