Liverpool set to up ante to land their man

Liverpool look set to complete the signing of Jordan Henderson before he departs for the European Under-21s Championship providing they meet Sunderland’s valuation, according to The Guardian.

Interest in the England international has been high with both Liverpool and Manchester United keen on the midfielder.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce values Henderson at £20 million and had initially hoped for a swap deal with Manchester United involving cash and Danny Welbeck, Darron Gibson and Wes Brown. But, Liverpool look like leading the race having had two bids rejected over the weekend with an increased bid expected imminently.

The 20-year old played in all but one of Sunderland’s league games this season and made his England debut in November of last year. Henderson has four years remaining on his contract and the club are reluctant to sell him, even though he incurred the wrath of some fans as Sunderland struggled for form towards the end of the season.

Henderson is not the only player United and Liverpool have fought over this summer with both still keen on Aston Villa winger Ashley Young. Henderson’s signing would represent something of a coup for Liverpool Director of Football Damien Comolli.