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Celtic have tabled a six-figure bid worth £500,000 for Dundee defender Jack Hendry, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claimed on their live transfer blog on Saturday [01:09PM] that the Hoops have stumped up half-a-million for Hendry, 22, ahead of the January transfer window opening.

It is understood that a trio of Premier League clubs – Southampton, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace – are also interested in the defensive enforcer, who is said to be known for his “stylish” play in the centre of the backline.

The Daily Mail has previously reported that Scottish Premiership champions Celtic were scheduled to hold talks with Hendry after their meeting with Dundee in the top-flight on Boxing Day.

That report added that 18 scouts were in the stands at Dens Park, with many of them keeping close tabs over the 22-year-old Scot.

Such is Hendry’s style of play, he is said to have often been compared to Manchester City and England defender John Stones.

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Football Insider exclusively revealed earlier this month that Rangers are also in the hunt to sign Hendry in January.

Football Insider verdict

Celtic could do with another centre-back in January, especially if manager Brendan Rodgers wants to show a few players the door to refresh his side ahead of the second half of the campaign. The interest from the Premier League sides should be a concern to the Hoops because they will be able to offer much more money to the stylish defender and the promise of football down south could be too much for him to turn down. Hopefully for the Hoops, Southampton’s sale of Virgil van Dijk means they could look at someone much more expensive to sign while Crystal Palace and Newcastle face a relegation battle that could be off-putting.

In other Celtic news, Jim White has given an update on the talks between the Hoops and a Premier League side about a potential January striker deal.

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