Sheffield United may have a goalkeeper issue in the summer when Dean Henderson’s loan expires.
Henderson has once again been excellent for the Blades this season during his second successive year on loan at Bramall Lane.
No ‘keeper has more than the 22-year-old’s nine clean sheets so far this term. Chris Wilder’s side also have the second best defensive record in the Premier League behind Liverpool.
Henderson has been key to that, but is a Manchester United player and has ambitions of being their number one. Wilder says there is no chance of the Blades signing the England Under-21 international permanently.
Due to his excellent form in South Yorkshire, the Red Devils now value Henderson at £30m. This is despite never playing a game for them.
Wilder admits discussions have already begun about signing the stopper on a third loan deal. Yet that could depend on whether Man United are prepared to make Henderson first choice ahead of David de Gea.
Apparently Henderson will only return to Old Trafford if that is the case. Yet with De Gea in increasingly poor form, it is not a completely unlikely prospect.
Goalkeeper alternative for Sheffield United
With no guarantees that Henderson will be a Blade next term, it makes sense that the club are looking at other options.
Turkish publication Fotospor claims that Fenerbahce’s Altay Bayindir is someone they are keen on. Still only 21-years-old, Bayindir has impressed at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium since arriving in the summer.
This form has caught the eye of several clubs across Europe. Scouts from Bramall Lane have been watching his performances. Hertha Berlin are also said to be interested.
Although only signed from Ankaragucu for around £1.25m a little over six months ago, Fenerbahce now want at least £12.5m for Bayindir.