Transfer Focus: Sheffield United may have to settle for Henderson loan

Dean Henderson’s latest comments in the Daily Mail will dishearten a number of Sheffield United fans as a permanent move for the stopper now looks unlikely.

What’s he said then?

The youngster was very open when talking about his ambitions and where he believes he should be at this point in his career.

The Manchester United goalkeeper said: “That was the dream as a kid growing up, what you always aspire to be. You always watch Premier League Years on the telly and to know that could be me next year, I can’t wait.

‘Whether that is at Manchester United, Sheffield United, wherever, I’m good enough to be a Premier League goalkeeper. I deserve that chance.

“It’s a tough one to say where. But do I think I should be playing at Manchester United now? Yes I do.

“I think I am good enough and I would help the team a lot, in a positive way.

“If not there I’m sure I could go back to Sheffield United, play a season and then I’ll prove to Manchester United what they are missing.

“I would give my right leg to play for that football club.”

Loan deal looks more likely

These comments make it seem increasingly unlikely that the Blades will sign Henderson on a permanent deal this summer.

The Steel City outfit have been looking at a £7m deal for the 22-year-old according to The Sun (May 2, page 56), but it seems that he may only return on loan at best.

Indeed, the stopper had a great affinity with the Yorkshire club, but the line saying ‘I would give my right leg to play for that football club’ shows what his true ambitions are.

The goalie clearly wants to forge a career at Old Trafford rather than Bramall Lane, but Blades fans can at least take solace in the fact that he didn’t rule out a return on loan.

The Yorkshire outfit will certainly be interested in that type of deal, but Chris Wilder will undoubtedly be gutted if he can’t land his target on a permanent basis.