David Sullivan can land West Ham a dream heir to Lukasz Fabianski, amid claims the Premier League club have expressed an interest in signing Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Henderson will seek to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season if he has not established himself as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one, with the Irons making it clear they are keen.
The 23-year-old has grown ‘frustrated’ by his lack of playing time and has no interest in accepting another year as David de Gea’s back-up, with the Spaniard currently still the first-choice shot-stopper.
Henderson is understood to have expressed his discontent with having only started two Premier League games this term to Solskjaer, who has continued to back De Gea despite calls to axe the former Real Madrid target following errors this season.
Top-flight clubs are already lining up at the door looking to sign Henderson if he does quit the Red Devils, with London rivals Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham all expressing their interest in a transfer.
But any permanent deal is expected to be difficult to orchestrate with Manchester United slapping a £40m asking price on their £100,000-per-week ‘keeper, who only penned a new, five-year contract last August following his return from a loan spell at Sheffield United.
Henderson is also considered to be the Red Devils’ next number one by Solskjaer, yet senior figures at Old Trafford feel pressured into playing De Gea due to the 30-year-old being their top-earner on a £375k-p/w deal.
West Ham should not fear the implications for Manchester United of parting with Henderson in the summer and go all out for the signature of the one-game England international, who could be David Moyes’ dream heir to Fabianski.
Fabianski is beginning to face serious doubt over his London Stadium future with the Poland international due to be out of contract in the summer, having yet put pen to paper on new terms despite stating that talks were underway back in December.
The former Arsenal and Swansea City shot-stopper is still producing top-draw performances between the posts, even when results go astray, much like in the FA Cup defeat to Solskjaer’s side earlier this month.
Yet, at 35, he represents the past more than the future, and that is where Henderson can come in, win the number one jersey, as well as a home for years to come.
Chris Wilder lauded Henderson as an “outstanding” goalkeeper during his time at Bramall Lane, where his efforts won him a place in the England squad before making his debut in a 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in November of last year.
Henderson may barely have featured for Manchester United since returning to Old Trafford, but came in from the cold to impress in the Europa League against Real Sociedad in a 4-0 rout last Thursday.
“Dean tonight was very solid, good kicking, should have had an assist for Marcus [Rashford], which is another thing we worked on today,” Solskjaer said, via quotes by the Manchester Evening News. “He was clean in his handling, clean with his short passes, a good performance and he is maturing all the time.”
So, if Fabianski’s time at the London Stadium is nearing its end and Henderson is open to leaving Old Trafford, Sullivan should be going big to bring the Whitehaven-born ‘keeper to the capital.