£9,000 a week pay cut for Sheffield United’s Henderson

Losing out: Striker Darius Henderson's salary would take a huge hit if he agrees Millwall switch
Losing out: Striker Darius Henderson's salary would take a huge hit if he agrees Millwall switch
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Sheffield United striker Darius Henderson could be forced to take a huge pay cut if he joins Championship club Millwall.

Despite declaring his intention to stay with the Blades, Henderson, aged 29, is one of the players United could be keen to off-load to lower their wage bill.

The Doncaster-born centre-forward, who cost £2 million when signed from Watford in July 2008, is believed to be on up to £15,000 per week at Bramall Lane.

The Star understands that Millwall, who are rumoured to be interested in the player, would be prepared to offer only £6,000 per week if the clubs could agree a deal to send Henderson back to the south where he has spent the majority of his career.

United are desperate to lower their wage bill, which will still be one of the highest in League One whether or not Henderson and fellow frontman Ched Evans are still with the club when the season begins on August 6.

Henderson has one-year left on his contract at Bramall Lane and is said to be patiently exploring his alternatives. His next contract is likely to be his last big pay day as a professional and he will need to carefully weigh up his options.

His goal return of 20 in 61 league appearances for the Blades is far from prolific but he has been hampered by injury and disciplinary problems since being signed by Kevin Blackwell.

The chopping and changes in the managers office at United hasn’t helped any player’s consistency, least of all Henderson, who was big enough to shoulder his share of blame when relegation arrived last month.

The kick-off times for Chesterfield’s matches at the B2net Stadium against United and Wednesday have been brought forward two hours on Police advice.

Both will kick off at 1pm instead of 3pm as initially scheduled.

The dates involved are against Sheffield United on Saturday November 26 and against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday February 18 2012.