Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, admits the club have already begun discussions about re-signing Dean Henderson on loan.
Henderson is currently spending his second successive season with the Blades on a temporary deal from Manchester United.
Wilder says that if there is an option to extend that to a third year he would “definitely take that.”
The ideal scenario would be signing Henderson permanently, but the 52-year-old has denied there is any chance of that happening.
However, the one thing working in the favour of the South Yorkshire side is the goalkeeper’s ambition. Henderson believes he should be Man United’s number one and would want to be first choice if he returned to Old Trafford.
With David de Gea under contract until 2023, that seems unlikely in the near future. That said, De Gea has become increasingly error-prone this term, so perhaps the prospect isn’t so far fetched.
Why third Henderson loan would still be superb business
If a permanent move for the 22-year-old is out of the question, then landing the stopper on loan for a third campaign is still a great alternative.
After all, three years is often as long as a player will spend at a club on a permanent basis anyway. Say, for instance, Henderson was a Blades player, then after three impressive seasons he may be tempted by a move away in any case.
Admittedly the club won’t receive a hefty transfer fee, but they still get the England Under-21 international during his formative years.
Henderson has been as key as any player at Bramall Lane during their recent success under Wilder. He kept a division-best 21 clean sheets in 2018/19 to help them to automatic promotion from the Championship.
This term Henderson has eight shut outs – a figure only matched in the Premier League by Watford’s Ben Foster and Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City. Only leaders Liverpool have a better defensive record than the Blades.
We have already written about why Henderson should be England’s number one at Euro 2020. If that happens under Wilder’s watch, it will be huge credit to him and the club.
Re-signing Henderson on loan on the back of it would be arguably be their biggest transfer of the summer.