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Southampton make scouting check on Newcastle target Jack Hendry

Southampton have made a scouting check on Dundee defender Jack Hendry.

The Daily Mail says Saints scouts watched Hendry in action against Celtic on Boxing Day.

The 22-year-old has been widely expected to join Celtic in the January window but Premier League clubs have taken note of the stylish centre-back who has drawn comparisons with Manchester City's John Stones.

Crystal Palace and Newcastle United have also watched Hendry who had a brief spell with Wigan Athletic prior to returning to Scotland, having started out at Partick.

Southampton want a centre back with City and Liverpool both willing to pay over £60million for Virgil van Dijk who was again left out of their starting line-up as they lost 5-2 to Tottenham at Wembley on Boxing Day.

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