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Man Utd primed for bidding war for first team star as two Premier League clubs go head to head

Dean Henderson and Scott McTominay of Man Utd

Dean Henderson and Scott McTominay after Man Utd match

Manchester United reportedly gearing themselves up for a potential bidding war for a first-team star as Erik ten Hag looks to create more room in his squad for at least one more signing this summer.

The Red Devils boss is known to want another midfielder and potentially a centre-back on board before the window shuts on September 1 but there needs to be more outgoings first for that to happen.

Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay and Donny van de Beek remain the high-profile stars tipped to leave, although there remains a strong possibility that back-up goalkeeper Dean Henderson also moves on.

Nottingham Forest have been chasing the England stopper all summer, having had the 26-year-old on loan at the City Ground last season.

However, a report from The Sun states that Crystal Palace have also joined the race for Henderson’s signature.

It’s understood that United are willing to let Henderson leave on a loan basis with the option to buy, which suits both Forest and Palace.

Palace view Henderson as a replacement for veteran stopper Vicente Guaita, who looks set to leave Selhurst Park. However, they also have Southampton’s Alex McCarthy and Daniel Iversen at Leicester in mind.

Palace open to Henderson deal

The Sun reports that the Eagles would be open to a deal if the finances worked in their favour.

Forest, meanwhile, have taken a step back from the deal after United tried to stipulate a guarantee to buy if Henderson played a certain amount of games at the City Ground this season.

Steve Cooper’s men have also brought in Matt Turner from Arsenal this summer so their need to move for Henderson has lessened.

As for Palace, they currently have former United man Sam Johnstone as their No.1 so any move for Hnederson would then see a straight battle between the former Old Trafford teammates.

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