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Newcastle United still interested in signing Dean Henderson

Newcastle United continue to remain interested in signing Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, reputed journalist Fabrizio Romano reports.

The 25-year-old has had a tough campaign with the Red Devils this term, having played as the deputy to David de Gea, who has been in exceptional form between the sticks.

The Magpies were heavily linked with him in January, and it is now reported that they are ‘still interested’ in signing him in either a loan or a permanent transfer.

Meanwhile, The Telegraph report that a loan exit would be the likely solution as the Magpies will need to pay over £30 million in case they pursue a permanent deal.

Our view:

Henderson had a promising end to the previous campaign where he was a regular in the Premier League, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still chose De Gea for the Europa League final.

The Spaniard’s disappointing outing against Villarreal led to suggestions that Henderson could displace him for the number one role, but nothing of that sort has happened this term.

Henderson missed the start of the season with coronavirus, and has barely played since with De Gea being in superb form. The 31-year-old has looked his old self with several stand-out saves.

He was instrumental alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in the club’s progress beyond the Champions League group stage. United are currently sixth in the league, but things could have been worse.

Judging by this, incoming manager Erik ten Hag appears unlikely to drop De Gea despite the fact that the Spaniard is not comfortable distributing from the back or making high claims.

The Dutchman may start with De Gea next term before deciding whether he would fit into his plans. Henderson could get his opportunity in the long-run if he decides to remain patient.

Taking this into regard, United could ideally prefer his loan exit as that would offer Ten Hag time to assess De Gea’s performances next term. If he can’t adapt, Henderson could get the nod.

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