Manchester Evening News have reported that Manchester United stopper Dean Henderson is “on the verge” of signing for Newcastle as deal is now “99% done.”
Samuel Luckhurst (MEN) even claims that the goalkeeper recently travelled to Tyneside for talks – but reports from the North East have responded with a slightly different take on this potential transfer.
Both The Chronicle and Miles Starforth from the Shields Gazette say sources at St James’ Park insist a move is not as close to completion as those in Manchester suggest – although it’s telling that both haven’t denied our interest in the 25-year-old.
The England international has been heavily linked with a move to Tyneside due to his lack of playing time at Old Trafford, with discussions over a loan switch taking place in January.
Graeme Bailey from 90min has also weighed in on the Henderson story, saying “the make-up of any transfer is yet to be agreed” – suggesting it’s not yet clear if we’ll pursue a permanent move or a season-long loan.
Any deal would suit both parties – Howe seems keen on a ball-playing goalkeeper and Henderson desperate to break back into the England squad for the Word Cup – but it may come down to the size of our summer budget if Man Utd pushed for a big fee.