Manchester United have placed a £40million price-tag on unsettled England keeper Dean Henderson.
Newcastle tried to buy the United number two in the January window but had all approaches rejected. And while they have made it clear to the Reds they intend to come back in for him in June, the Geordies know he will not come cheap.
United, who also refused to sell Jesse Lingard to Newcastle in the New Year, have made it clear they will not budge on their £40m demand for Henderson. If the Toon’s Saudi owners agree to cough up that sum, the Old Trafford reserve will become the most expensive British keeper in history.
At the moment the £30m Arsenal paid Sheffield United last summer to buy Henderson’s Three Lions colleague, Aaron Ramsdale, is the record transfer for a home stopper.
If expensive, the good news for Eddie Howe’s men is it puts them in pole position to win the race. The fee, plus the fact Henderson is on £100,000-a week at United, will leave most of the loaded Toon’s rivals struggling to compete for his signature.
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Henderson, 25, has endured a nightmare 14 months with the Reds. At the start of 2021, he seemed destined to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first choice between the Old Trafford posts.
But injury, along with the return to top form of United’s Spanish stopper David de Gea, has left Henderson kicking his heels on the bench throughout this season.
And with hopes of making Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup finals at the end of the year hanging in the balance, he is desperate to find himself a new club.