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Premier League clubs interested in Dean Henderson amid frustration at Man United

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Dean Henderson will seek to leave Manchester United in the summer if he is not installed as their first-choice goalkeeper next season.

The MEN understands Henderson, 23, is ‘frustrated’ by his lack of playing time in the Premier League and has no intention of playing second fiddle to David de Gea again next season.

Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham United have expressed interest in Henderson but a permanent transfer would be difficult as clubs continue to reel from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Henderson is also under contract at United until 2025 and is valued at around £40million.

Spurs could sell error-prone goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the summer as his deal expires next year while Lukasz Fabianski, the incumbent number one at West Ham, is out of contract in four months.

Former Chelsea coach Frank Lampard encouraged an approach for Henderson last summer and his replacement Thomas Tuchel has already started both Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy in the league.


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Henderson is believed to have expressed his dismay to United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about a lack of opportunities in the Premier League.

The England international has started just twice in the league, the last of those coming at former club Sheffield United on December 17.



Henderson has no intention of playing second fiddle to David de Gea again next season

De Gea, 30, has started in 23 of United’s 25 league matches this term but he has received widespread criticism and United are four goals shy from conceding as many goals as they did in the league last season.

Henderson has lined up in all seven of United’s domestic cup ties, as well as the Champions League group stage defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir and last week’s Europa League thrashing of Real Sociedad.

Some senior figures at United believe they are compromised by De Gea’s status as the club’s highest earner on £375,000-a-week and feel he needs to be sold. De Gea is approaching a decade’s service at Old Trafford and he and his partner, Edurne Garcia, are expecting their first child in the summer.

Solskjaer has previously said Henderson ‘will be United’s next number one’ and would doubtless face scrutiny if he sanctioned the academy graduate’s departure, given De Gea’s general form since his startled performances in the 2018 World Cup with Spain.

“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 following the win over Sociedad on Thursday.

“He was clean in his handling, clean with his short passes, a good performance and he is maturing all the time.

“But I have a very, very good goalkeeper in David and he saved us against West Brom so I can’t say to you now. I always speak to the players first before I say who’s not playing, they’ll know.”

United are hemorrhaging more than £600,000 a week on goalkeepers’ wages but will release Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira and Under-23 custodian Paul Woolston in the summer. Lee Grant, listed as a ‘goalkeeping coach’ for the 3-1 win over Newcastle, could become a full-time member of the coaching staff next season after three years on a player’s contract.

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