Sheffield United will have to pay £7m if they want to sign Dean Henderson from Manchester United permanently, according to The Sun (2 May, page 58).
Henderson has been a key part of the Blades’ successful promotion campaign after joining on loan from the Red Devils last summer.
The goalkeeper has played every minute of their 45 Championship matches so far, keeping 21 clean sheets – the most in the entire division.
Chris Wilder’s men have confirmed their place in the Premier League next season and Henderson is keen to return to Bramall Lane.
“I want to be here. I want to play Premier League football at Bramall Lane. Obviously it’s down to the two clubs to sort things out,” the 22-year-old told the club’s official YouTube channel.
Deal is moving forwards
Wilder has revealed that talks are already underway with Man United over re-signing Henderson. However, the England Under-21 international will not be joining permanently.
“We’ve got a really good relationship with them, they’re great to work with, and we saw (head of youth development) John (Murtagh) and (vice-chairman) Ed Woodward,” the Blades manager told the Sheffield Star.
“We talked briefly about Dean. Manchester United are keen and we are keen. He (Henderson) has made all the right noises.
“He’s a Manchester United player and there’s not talk of a permanent. We believe it will be a loan.
“Hopefully we can get it done. Then that’s one, of many things, we’ll have ticked off.”
Securing Henderson for another year will be a huge coup for the Blades; even if it is another loan. It also means that Wilder can keep together the best defence in the Championship.
His side have only conceded 39 league goals this term, fewer than any other team in the division. Henderson has been a key part of that and can now hopefully do the same in the top flight.