Karl Darlow set for shock Man Utd transfer as Newcastle open swap deal talks for Dean Henderson after Lee Grant exit

NEWCASTLE UNITED are set to offer Karl Darlow to Manchester United as part of a deal to land Dean Henderson.

The Magpies want to sign Red Devils goalkeeper Henderson as their number one for next season in place of Martin Dubravka despite his impressive second-half of the campaign for Eddie Howe’s side.

Karl Darlow could be set for a shock Man Utd transfer


Karl Darlow could be set for a shock Man Utd transferCredit: Reuters
Dean Henderson has had to play second fiddle this season


Dean Henderson has had to play second fiddle this seasonCredit: Getty

Henderson is only keen on a season-long loan move to St James’ believing he will one day get the gloves at Old Trafford ahead of David de Gea.

Newcastle hope the offer of their current number two Darlow who played eight Premier League games this season, will help to push the deal over the line with new boss Erik ten Hag in need of another goalkeeper.

If Henderson went the other way and with Lee Grant announcing his retirement, Manchester United would have only Tom Heaton as back up to De Gea so would need another experienced goalkeeper and 31-year-old Darlow fits the bill.

Henderson has been annoyed at his lack of game time at Old Trafford having returned from a season long loan at Sheffield United to take the number one spot at the start of the 2020-21 season.

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He made 26 appearances that season, finishing the Premier League campaign as the number one as the club finished runners-up.

He was told by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he would be starting this season but contracted Covid, so De Gea started and his form made him undroppable.

Henderson ended up making only three first team appearances and does not want another campaign on the bench.

Grant, 39, announced his retirement after 511 senior appearances for six different clubs.


He spent the last four years at Old Trafford playing just twice for the first team.

Grant said: “Fulfilling a boyhood dream of playing for Manchester United was something I thought was out of reach, so to have achieved that fills me with great pride and emotion!

“Although I haven’t played as many games in the last four years, I’ve given everything to the group every single day on the training pitch and in the dressing room.

“The opportunity to join the biggest club in the world was one I could never turn down and I’m so grateful for the lessons learned and the friends I’ve gained.”

Grant has since taken up a coaching role at Ipswich.

Lee Grant has announced his retirement


Lee Grant has announced his retirementCredit: Getty

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