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Newcastle Linked To Scotland International After Rebound Campaign In Belgium – Report



Newcastle’s pursuit of Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer has hit some rough terrain as Bayer Leverkusen now have the Norwegian firmly in their sights. The Bundesliga club’s increasing interest could prove fatal if it results in a bidding war.

Newcastle had hoped to seal a quick move for Ajer for a bargain fee in the range of £6-8m. With funds limited and the player’s representatives shopping him around, Newcastle may be forced to turn to other targets.

There is seemingly no shortage of young center-backs on Newcastle’s wishlist. We’ve been linked with moves for Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vickers, Chelsea’s Marc Guehi, Vitesse’s Danilho Doekhi, Vitoria’s Abdul Mumin, Queens Park Rangers’ Rob Dickie, Liverpool’s Nat Phillips, and Ozan Kabak, who will return to Schalke after his loan spell with the Rds, among others.


90min has an exclusive adding another Celtic defender to the list in Jack Hendry (pictured above playing for Scotland). However, Hendry will not remain in Parkhead much longer.

The Scotland international spent last season on loan with Belgium’s Oostende where he resurrected his career after a nightmarish couple of years with Celtic. Oostende will reportedly will trigger their £2m purchase option on the 26-year-old.

Their hope is to then strike while the iron is hot and sell him to the highest bidder with Burnley, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Leeds, West Brom, and Sheffield United all expressing interest in Hendry.

The towering defender started in Scotland’s 2-2 draw against The Netherlands on Wednesday scoring his first international goal in the 10th minute. He was deployed on the right side of a back three. Oostende also play in a back three with the 6’4″ defender generally in the middle.

Hendry made 30 appearances with 2 goals and 1 assist in Belgium last term. He is outstanding in the air and just turned 26 on May 7th. He likely is down the list of Newcastle targets but could raise his profile even more during the European Championships.

That, of course, doesn’t suit Newcastle as it will only serve to raise his fee. Newcastle have completed a transfer recently. In 2019, Emil Krafth had his purchase option of around £2.5m was triggered by Amiens. Newcastle then ended up paying almost double for the Swede a few months later.

There could be a lot of wrangling this summer before Newcastle settle on a new center-back to bring in. The clincher could be Newcastle getting the best possible deal which may ultimately rule out a move for Hendry.

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18 comments so far

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Surprised not a single person has voted Lascelles as POS. Zero for Clark too. I was surprised at the amount of praise Clark and Fede got for merely being OK. Both are below average for EPL being generous. I think we tend to overpraise players of limited quality just because they do the best they can.

    1
  • lesh

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Neil

    You should know by now that the dream team of Ashley, Barnes and Charmless don’t do quick moves into transfer market.
    They’d rather miss out on a reported target than sign him and pay him for doing nothing for a few weeks.

    Short termism exemplified.

    6
  • lesh

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #3

    JaFDB

    Don’t be surprised if Charmless announces Bruceyboy as NUFC’s Manager Of The Sesson.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #4

    It might come as a surprise to my fellow bloggers to know that I voted for Shelvey.

    I really believe that even through the bad run we were having he was the hardest working most consistent player we had throughout the season and only really appreciated over the last half dozen games.

    Well done the other eight who have agreed with me!

    1
  • peter5199

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Well, I have to say that I admire Mr. Ashley and his superb manager Mr. Bruce.

    Oh, hang on, I have come back to the wrong parallel universe.

    3
  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Shelveys been our best player over the last 5 years, but he’s been crap the last two seasons.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Perhaps the poll should allow people to pick their top three. Having to choose just one player tends to diminish the likes of Lascelles and Clarks contributions to the team.

    1
  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Goalscorers tend to win Bill.

    0
  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #9

    I wanted to vote Hendrick but hes not on the list.

    1
  • WWSBRD

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Player of the season for me is the lad we don’t own that’s rather sad

    0
  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11

    So who is blogger of the season?

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Blogger of year Jib. Because 99% of people on here are Jib.

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jun 4, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #13

    quiet today

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Jun 4, 2021 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #14

    17.00: Kosovo v Kazakhstan
    Match cancelled.

    Damn!

    2
  • CACHG

    Jun 4, 2021 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #15

    I would keep Andy Carrolls contract rolling and put him at center back. Great in the air and a big lump in the middle.
    Thats what we need someone in the guise of Mcguire or Van dyke but not at their cost ££££. Even someone like lewis Dunk from Brighton , surprised he hasnt been poached by a top club. CAC.

    1
  • WWSBRD

    Jun 4, 2021 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #16

    More bad news for our wannabe owners according to Jacobs. Footballing rights bid getting turned down despite offering more money

    Zero affect on us but still imagine he will get a battering haha

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jun 4, 2021 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Carrol was a left back until about 16.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 4, 2021 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Josh King on a free?

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