Newly promoted sides Bournemouth and Fulham are competing with one another to acquire the services of Dean Henderson for the upcoming season.
Henderson has been very much out of favour this season due to David De Gea’s incredible form for Manchester United throughout the campaign.
The English goalkeeper has only amassed three first-team appearances so far this campaign despite becoming first choice towards the end of last season.
Both Bournemouth and Fulham are rumoured to be interested in signing Henderson after securing promotion to the Premier League.
The Red Devils have also been reported to be willing to cover half if not more of his wages whilst out on loan.
Bournemouth’s goalkeeper Mark Travers and Fulham’s Marek Rodak may feel a bit out of sorts when hearing this news. This is because each appear in the top five for Championship clean sheets this season.
Travers came through the Cherries academy and the 2021/22 season was his first as the starting goalkeeper.
Man Utd may look to bring in new second- and third-choice goalkeepers in the summer. They do not however want to lose Henderson on a permanent basis, Sunsport reports.
Why Dean Henderson needs the move
Since his successful campaigns at Sheffield United between 2018 and 2020, the goalkeeper hasn’t managed to find his form.
He has been dropped out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad and is reportedly looking for a move ahead of the Qatar World Cup this November.
A move to a team such as Bournemouth or Fulham would be beneficial to Henderson. He would gain some much needed first-team minutes.
If he gained that first-team experience, the likelihood of him being left out of Southgate’s final squad for Qatar could reduce.
Henderson’s Premier League experience
The 26-year-old needs regain his confidence to allow him to reach the same levels he did at Sheffield United.
During his time in the Premier League for the Blades, he managed to gain 13 clean sheets in 36 appearances.
He also achieved an average save percentage of 36.1 according to TransferMarkt, which put him ahead of the likes of De Gea, Kasper Schmeichel and Rui Patricio.
During his time in South Yorkshire, Henderson was also battling for England’s number one spot against Everton’s Jordan Pickford.
He would be a valuable asset to Scott Parker’s team and provide some much-needed Premier League experience to their backline.
Nathaniel Phillips is one of only two members of the Cherries’ defence in the last five games who has experience in the top flight. He is however set to leave at the end of the season to return to his parent club Liverpool.
The acquisition of Henderson would benefit Bournemouth’s defence as he would be able to lead them from the back.