Newcastle ‘step up their interest in £20m-rated Man United keeper Dean Henderson’ as Eddie Howe looks to strengthen his squad this summer with England stopper firmly behind David de Gea in Old Trafford pecking order
- Dean Henderson has made just three appearances for Man United this season
- David de Gea’s form and injury troubles have restricted his opportunities
- Newcastle United wanted to take the England stopper, 25, on loan in January
- Now they could reportedly return to sign the £20m-valued keeper this summer
Newcastle United ‘have stepped up their interest in Manchester United and England goalkeeper Dean Henderson’ ahead of the summer window.
Eddie Howe wanted to sign Henderson, 25, on loan in January and could now sanction a move for the £20million-valued stopper, who is viewed as the ideal successor to Martin Dubravka.
Henderson had ambitions to become the Old Trafford No 1 but the excellent from of David de Gea this season has severely restricted his game time.
Dean Henderson ‘is attracting interest from Newcastle’ ahead of a potential move this summer
The England keeper has been second choice to David de Gea (left) at Man United this season
The England international has played in just three first-team matches and it is uncertain incoming manager Erik ten Hag would play him ahead of De Gea.
The Daily Mirror report that Newcastle could offer Henderson with an escape route to more regular football which would, in turn, boost his chances of making the England squad for the Qatar World Cup this winter.
Enriched by their Saudi Arabian backers, Newcastle are expected to spend a fair bit of money this summer to push for European qualification next season, after Howe successfully steered them away from relegation danger.
Henderson enjoyed two successful seasons on loan at Sheffield United before featuring 26 times during the 2020-21 campaign as then-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave him opportunities.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe (left) could look to replace Martin Dubravka (right)
Henderson had ambitions to replace De Gea as No 1 but has found opportunities limited
That led to his one and only senior England cap against the Republic of Ireland in November 2020.
But a hip injury saw him withdraw from England’s Euro 2020 squad last summer and he also suffered a bout of Covid-19 back in August, allowing De Gea to reassert himself as No 1.
Ten Hag does favour a goalkeeper who is comfortable with the ball at his feet, which means Henderson could be favoured over De Gea.
But the Spaniard’s shot-stopping abilities are pretty much unrivalled and he has been a rare positive in a hugely disappointing season for United.