Manchester United will reportedly be offered a surprise name as Newcastle look to engineer a swap deal with the Red Devils for Dean Henderson.
Henderson was hoping to usurp David de Gea as Manchester United’s number one last season after a great two-year spell with Sheffield United. He made 26 appearances in all competitions during 2020-21 and finished the campaign well.
But de Gea has got his starting spot back this term. The Spaniard has gone on to be one of the more reliable Manchester United players – alongside Cristiano Ronaldo – amid a dismal season. de Gea’s form meant Henderson only made three appearances in 2021-22.
The 25-year-old is eager to become a regular starter so he can make it into the England squad for this year’s World Cup.
Clearly, this is unlikely to happen if he remains at Old Trafford. As such, Henderson appears set to complete a summer move.
Reports claim newly-promoted Bournemouth and Fulham are battling to sign him. But it is Newcastle who are at the front of the queue.
Eddie Howe can already rely on Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow in goal. However, he wants to improve the position by taking Henderson to St James’ Park, as per The Sun.
And their report claims the Magpies are even willing to offer Darlow to United as part of a player-plus-cash deal.
Darlow for Dean Henderson a hard deal to pull off
Erik ten Hag would need a new shot-stopper if Henderson left for the north east. So Newcastle hope to push the transfer through by offering Darlow in return.
The 31-year-old would move to United as de Gea’s backup, presumably ahead of Tom Heaton in the pecking order.
While Darlow wouldn’t play for the Red Devils often, it is an ambitious plan for Newcastle to come up with.
Darlow isn’t on Henderson’s level and only featured eight times for Newcastle this season. He lost his place to Dubravka in November and couldn’t get back in the team after that.
United would clearly be a big step up for Darlow and it would be very surprising if club chiefs accepted him as part of the deal for Henderson.
They might be better going with a younger keeper who has potential to replace de Gea when he decides to hang up his gloves.
Meanwhile, United are reportedly ready to send scouts to watch a 21-year-old Flamengo ace in action.