Crystal Palace are believed to be in a race with Southampton and Newcastle to land the January signature of highly-rated Dundee defender Jack Hendry.
The 22-year-old has drawn comparisons with Manchester City’s John Stones’ playing style and was recently singled out for praise by Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, who suggested the Glasgow-born man had a future in the Scotland national side.
Whilst Hendry began his professional career north of the border with Partick Thistle, he did move to England back in 2015 when signing for Wigan Athletic. Sadly for him, it was a switch that failed to bring many first-team appearances and after loan spells at Shrewsbury and MK Dons, he returned to Scotland with Dundee and set about raising eyebrows across the division.
So far this term, he has 21 appearances and two goals to his name, supposedly provoking the aforementioned trio of Premier League clubs to take a close look at him. Admittedly, I’m not sure a player of his age would be trusted to break into the first-team side ahead of the likes of James Tomkins or Scott Dann just yet, given our specific predicament but it’s definitely a deal that could be made with an eye on the future, regardless of the division we’re plying our trade in.
Supposedly open to a quick sale in a bid to ease money worries, Dundee would hope to make a tidy profit on Hendry, thanks to the 18 months that are left to run on his current contract. Given the lack of interest in him prior to this window, it’s difficult to know how high a price the likes of Palace will be willing to pay for his services but you can be almost certain that it will come under the bracket of seven figures.
Would you be keen on the idea of signing a 22-year-old ball-playing defender in the New Year or would you rather we focused our attention on a striker and goalkeeper first?