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DUNDEE DENY CELTIC BID FOR HENDRY AND INCREASE ASKING PRICE TO £1.5M

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DUNDEE have denied Celtic have made a £500,000 bid for defender Jack Hendry. The Dens Park club are also looking to capitalise on Celtic’s windfall from the sale of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton to Liverpool which is completed today and will produce a windfall of over £9 million for the Scottish Champions.

The asking price for Hendry on Hogmanay was reported to be £500,000 now on New Years Day it has jumped by a million to £1.5million!

Some newspaper reports yesterday insisted the Hoops had tabled an offer for the 22-year-old centre-back who has been in fine form this season.

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Premier League clubs Newcastle and Crystal Palace have also been linked with Hendry while Brendan Rodgers has stated his admiration for the player.

However, the Dark Blues say they are yet to receive any offers for the former Partick Thistle player and it’s likely it would take a million pounds bid to persuade the club to part with one of their key men. That might be too much for Rodgers to pay for a development player.

Speaking after Dundee’s 1-0 defeat at Parkhead in October, Rodgers said: “The boy Hendry at the back I thought was excellent.

“He’s quick and strong and is a good size. Scotland need centre-halves and he looks like a good kid. He’s tall, he can run and he can pass. He looks a talent.”

Hendry joined Dundee in the summer on a free transfer after leaving Wigan, signing a two-year deal in July.

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