BOURNEMOUTH will step up their bid to take Manchester United’s Dean Henderson on loan after confirming their return to the Premier League.
Sunsport revealed that United are willing to pay half or more of Henderson’s £120,000-per-week wages in order to set up a temporary move for next season.
And the Cherries are ready to take the initiative ahead of the England goalkeeper’s other suitors.
But they will face a fight with fellow promoted side Fulham who are also keen.
Henderson, 25, briefly took over as United’s first-choice keeper last season.
But he has been limited to just three first-team appearances this season after David de Gea’s brilliant return to form.
His limited opportunities have resulted in him dropping out of Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad and he is keen to secure more first-team football from the start of next season, ahead of the winter World Cup in Qatar.
United are considering whether to bring in new No 2 and No 3 ‘keepers behind De Gea but are not ready to sell Academy product Henderson outright.
He enjoyed two successful seasons on loan at Sheffield United from 2018-20, before returning to Old Trafford and making 26 appearances last season.
But De Gea’s form and fitness have been solid in this campaign.
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Another positive loan spell at Premier League level would put Henderson in the shop window and allow United to demand a good transfer fee for a player whose current deal has more than three years still to run.
And if Henderson produced a brilliant campaign, Old Trafford chiefs could always reconsider his future.