West Ham United and Aston Villa interested in Jack Hendry
West Ham United and Aston Villa are reportedly monitoring the progress of Scotland defender Jack Hendry, who plays for Belgian giants Club Brugge.
According to a report from the Belgian point of sale Voetbal Belgium, Club Brugge defender Jack Hendry appeared on the radars of Premier League clubs West Ham United and Aston Villa ahead of the January transfer window.
Hendry rose through the ranks at Celtic and spent time with the youth teams of Peterborough United, Dundee United and Partick Thistle, where he made his professional breakthrough before signing for Wigan Athletic in 2015. After a series of loan spells , he returned to Scotland in 2017, signing for Dundee FC and six months later he was back at childhood club Celtic.
However, Hendry’s time at Celtic was not a very successful one, which led to a loan deal at Melbourne City FC in January of last year. The 26-year-old then spent last season on a temporary stint with Belgian club KV Oostende, where he made a good impression, forcing the club to sign him permanently this summer, only to sell him to Club Brugge.
Since arriving at the Jan Breydel Stadium, Hendry has proven to be a positive addition to the squad, missing just two of their 18 appearances in all competitions this season. The imposing Scotsman has appeared in all four of the Blues-Noirs’ UEFA Champions League appearances and has done well, despite their recent heavy losses against Manchester City.
Embed from Getty Images
Hendry has even captained the team several times this season. Given his resurgence after the decline at Celtic, Hendry has signed up on club radars in England. West Ham United and Aston Villa are now reportedly interested in the center-back, who is 1.92m tall.
West Ham stepped up their defense this summer with the signing of Kurt Zouma, who has settled in well, forging a solid partnership with Angelo Ogbonna. However, the latter will be 34 at the end of the season, while fellow defender Craig Dawson is also in his 30s. So refreshing his defensive options could be a smart move by David Moyes in January or summer.
To this end, they had been credited with an interest in Rangers’ Connor Goldson Not so long ago, Hendry also emerges as an option. However, they will face competition from rivals Aston Villa in pursuit of the Scotsman. The Midlands side have struggled defensively in recent times as their Premier League fortunes have dwindled.
So tightening things up at the back would be important for Dean Smith & co. Moreover, Kortney Hause is in the last year of his contract, while Axel Tuanzebe is only on loan from Manchester United. A new central defender could therefore be a wise signing for the Villans leading to links with Harry Souttar, while Hendry also entered the fray.
Besides West Ham and Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion are also monitoring the Scotsman’s situation at Club Brugge. It remains to be seen whether any of the clubs will attempt to sign Hendry during the January transfer window or wait until summer to make a move.