DARIUS Henderson’s proposed transfer to Hull City could be in danger of collapse as the East Yorkshire club signal their intention not to let wages spiral out of control at the KC Stadium.
Henderson, who is widely expected to leave Sheffield United this summer even though he has pledged his commitment to Bramall Lane, features on list of potential targets being considered by Nigel Pearson and his backroom staff ahead of the new Championship campaign.
But despite being promised money to spend by new owner Assem Allam, Hull are refusing to use lavish salaries as bait amid the continued uncertainty over the futures of high earners such as Jimmy Bullard and Seyi Olofinjana.
Neil Danns, who had been scheduled to join Pearson’s side when his contract at Crystal Palace expires this month, is reportedly in danger of being struck off Hull’s wish-list due to his escalating demands.
Pearson has also cast admiring glances in ex-Blade Keith Treacy’s direction but Preston North End are demanding over £800,000 for his services.
Having followed the Lancastrians into League One, United are resigned to losing several key members of their first-team squad although teenager Jordan Slew is the only one yet to attract a concrete bid.
Earlier this week, midfielder Stephen Quinn became the first to publicly admit he could be forced to leave following relegation while striker Ched Evans and midfielder Nick Montgomery could also be destined to depart.
Henderson, however, insisted he will not agitate for a move after revealing he felt “personally responsible” for United’s plight last season.
Nevertheless, he is unlikely to relish the prospect of travelling to places such as Yeovil and Carlisle having worked hard to overcome injury.
With plc chairman Kevin McCabe estimating that United’s drop will cost them around £12 million in lost television and sponsorship revenues, Henderson could prove a significant drain on resources if he remains.
Danny Wilson, who replaced Micky Adams at the helm three weeks ago, would love to have a player of the 29-year-old’s calibre at his disposal in what he has warned is “a physically uncompromising division.”