Newcastle United Remain Interested in Manchester United Goalkeeper

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Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson remains subject of interest from Newcastle United, Fabrizio Romano reports.

The Magpies held an interest in the England goalkeeper in January but failed to secure his services.

A move could suit Henderson, who has fallen behind David de Gea, after a brief stint as Manchester United’s number one.

Newcastle United Interest in Manchester United Goalkeeper Still Stands

Loan or Permanent

Romano reports that the type of move will depend on Newcastle United’s budget. Henderson is obviously on a relatively high wage and has a healthy number of years remaining on his contract so will cost a pretty penny too.

A loan could also benefit Henderson – and the Red Devils – if there’s any desire to make him number one in the future. Alternatively, with a busy summer ahead, United might prefer a boost to their transfer budget.

In quotes reported by the Northern Echo, Newcastle boss Eddie Howe recently ruled out a summer of big spending: “With Financial Fair Play, we have restraints and things we have to work within, so we can’t just go out and spend money on players like maybe teams could have done in the past, and totally change their squad within one transfer window.”
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Elsewhere, The Telegraph‘s James Ducker reports that a loan is more likely with Henderson earning £110,000-a-week and likely to cost in the region of £30 million. Manchester United are yet to receive a formal enquiry.

Henderson Capable of Starting for Most Premier League Clubs

Henderson has fallen victim to coming through the Manchester United academy in a position where they are secure – a rarity these days.

The 25-year-old has often shown a desire to play regular football. In his younger days, he was notably keen to go out on loan and ensure he was given first-team opportunities thus learning the skills he’d need to reach the top of his game.

He has had spells with Stockport County, Grimsby Town, Shrewsbury Town and Sheffield United. From the outside, it appears Henderson has learned a lot from each and every spell and ended up becoming a Premier League goalkeeper having been promoted with Sheffield United, who managed to secure his services for their first top-flight season back.

Eventually, he returned to Old Trafford determined to prove himself at the club he grew up supporting.

He signed a new contract ahead of the 2020/21 season before making 13 Premier League appearances for Manchester United, keeping five clean sheets.

There were reports he would retain the number one spot going into the 2021/22 season, however, long-Covid prevented him. Instead, De Gea held his position between the sticks and Henderson hasn’t had a look in since, making just three appearances this campaign – all in cup competition.

England Aspirations Provide Solid Reason for the Manchester United Goalkeeper to Leave

Henderson has played for England just once. This is not helped by the competition he has for the Three Lions jersey doing so well. Jordan Pickford has rarely disappointed in an England shirt, whilst Aaron Ramsdale has emerged as another threat and Sam Johnstone also lingers.

To stand any chance, Henderson must get himself in a position to be playing football every week. It seems clear, unless new manager Erik ten Hag has other ideas, it won’t happen at Manchester United.

The Qatar World Cup happens later this year and there may still yet be the opportunity for Henderson to make Gareth Southgate’s squad.

 

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