Newcastle United are reportedly in talks with Manchester United over a loan move until the end of the season for goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
According to 90 min, Manchester United outcast Dean Henderson could be allowed to depart Old Trafford on loan for Newcastle United before the transfer deadline, with Eddie Howe keen on bolstering his goalkeeping options.
Having already brought Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood and Bruno Guimaraes through the door, Newcastle United are keen to get more deals done before the January transfer window slams shut. Surprisingly enough, Howe is unconvinced with the options available at his disposal in the goalkeeping department and eyeing a loan swoop for Manchester United’s Dean Henderson.
Henderson has been on Manchester United’s books since 2013 but has largely struggled to dislodge David de Gea to the first-choice goalkeeping position despite his successful stint at Sheffield United. The 24-year-old goalkeeper excelled vastly in two seasons on loan at Sheffield United and was among the best performing goalkeepers in the Premier League.
The Manchester United academy graduate made 25 starts for the Red Devil last term and was supposed to be their starting goalkeeper this season. However, the Englishman was sidelined by COVID-19 at the start of the season, preventing him from playing until mid-September, which coincided with de Gea improving drastically, with the Spaniard arguably being been Manchester United’s best player so far this season.
As a result, Henderson has played just twice this season and yet to start a Premier League match for Manchester United, playing second fiddle to the Spaniard at Old Trafford. With the 2022 World Cup fast approaching, Henderson is reportedly eyeing the exit door and has clarified the situation to Ralf Rangnick.
The English shot-stopper seemingly has no shortage of suitors. Ajax have held discussions with the keeper’s representatives. Southampton have also been touted to make a late move for Henderson, but Newcastle are now in pole position to sign the English international.
Newcastle are well stocked in the goalkeeping department, with Karl Darlow, Martin Dubravka, Mark Gillespie and Freddie Woodman vying for the number one spot. However, Dubravka has been injury-prone in recent seasons and did not feature in their friendly match in Saudi Arabia last weekend, indicating another setback.
Even then, the Magpies’ goalkeeping roster generally lacks quality beyond the Slovak, who himself has been inconsistent at times this season. Should Newcastle complete the singing of Dean Henderson, it could pave the way for Freddie Woodman to continue his development on loan in the Championship.