Newcastle have stepped up transfer interest in a summer move for Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, a report has claimed.
The 25-year-old showed great promise of breaking into the Old Trafford first-team, but that has now faded. In fact, he has only made three first-team appearances this term, none of which have come in the Premier League.
As a result, Henderson is ready to move on from Man Utd if the right chance arrives.
Reports in January claimed that Newcastle wanted the Englishman, but a deal never materialised. Indeed, interim United boss Ralf Rangnick wanted Henderson as his No. 2, despite his lack of game time.
However, the Daily Mirror now reports that the Magpies have stepped up their interest ahead of the summer window.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe wants Henderson in as the club’s successor to Martin Dubravka.
The 33-year-old still has three years left on his contract, but it remains unclear if he will renew again.
Henderson has barely played at Man Utd amid David de Gea proving one of the shining lights at Old Trafford this season.
However, the newspaper adds that the one-cap England star could yet get his chance under new United boss Erik ten Hag.
The Dutchman reportedly wants a goalkeeper not afraid to use his feet. And Henderson has shown he is better than De Gea in that regard.
Henderson, like Dubravka, also has three years left on his contract and the Daily Mirror values a deal for Newcastle at £20million.
Henderson rose through the Man Utd academy and impressed on loan at Sheffield United in the 2019/2020 season.
After returning from that season in the Premier League, he earned his latest contract and became part of the first-team set-up. However, he has struggled for game time since.
Newcastle could spring Man Utd, Henderson dilemma
Should Ten Hag choose to let Henderson move, though, United would have a dilemma of their own.
They would indeed need a new back-up goalkeeper. The Red Devils signed Tom Heaton from Aston Villa last summer, but he only has a maximum of two years left on his contract.
What’s more, at 36 years of age, Heaton is coming towards the end of his career.
De Gea, 31, also sees his contract expire in 2023 and similarly has a one-year option like Heaton.
As such, amid the clamour for signings elsewhere in the team, goalkeeper will also prove a key area of the team to review this summer.