Speaking to Football Insider, Kenny admitted that the former Sheffield United loanee has been “unfortunate” but isn’t worth £40m, saying:
“He had two amazing seasons at Sheffield United where I watched a lot of him.
“He was unfortunate to go back to Man United and have the luck that he has had. De Gea has been unbelievable and then Henderson had COVID which doesn’t help.
“The fee I have seen batted about for Henderson is £40million and that is a lot for a player who hasn’t really played this season.
“But he comes with the English tax, doesn’t he? Also, you are paying for the potential so it depends on what they want to do.
“Is the goalkeeper position an area Newcastle really need to strengthen? I think they want to do that everywhere but I wouldn’t be paying £40million. I’m really not sure about that to be honest.”
Despite comments from Kenny, Newcastle supporters should still be excited regarding what Henderson could provide the Magpies.
Since returning from his two-year spell at Bramall Lane, the 25-year-old has endured a mixed two seasons at Manchester United.
The 2020/21 campaign saw the shot-stopper make 26 appearances with 13 coming in the Premier League.
However, interim boss Ralf Rangnick has regularly stuck with first-choice David De Gea this term with the Spaniard having a strong season despite his side’s struggles, seriously limiting Henderson’s chances.
Although £40m is a colossal transfer fee for someone who has hardly played all season, money doesn’t seem to be an issue for the Toon Army with the deep pockets of PIF.
It would arguably be harsh on Martin Dubravka who has been largely impressive in between the sticks for the Magpies since joining from Sparta Prague, initially on loan, in 2018.
The Slovakian has kept 37 clean sheets in 130 appearances for Newcastle with the vast majority of his tenure seeing his side struggle in the bottom half of the table.
At 25 though, Henderson could provide Eddie Howe’s side with a long-term solution and could be the first choice at St. James’ Park for seasons to come.
That would certainly justify spending £40m on a goalkeeper that, if he is to join Newcastle, supporters will surely love.