Sheffield United: Newcastle United made contact about Nottingham Forest bound Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson

As former Sheffield United loanee Dean Henderson edges closer towards completing his move to Nottingham Forest, the team which beat Paul Heckingbottom’s side in the Championship play-offs, The Star has discovered that Newcastle also sounded-out officials at Bramall Lane about the England goalkeeper midway through last season.

Wednesday, 22nd June 2022, 3:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd June 2022, 4:20 pm

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Although the North-East club eventually decided to pursue other options, with Burnley’s Nick Pope now poised to join Eddie Howe’s side, Henderson was the subject of a telephone call involving senior members of United’s hierarchy and representatives acting on behalf of St James’ Park during the build-up to Christmas.

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Former Sheffield United player Dean Henderson watches the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final against Nottingham Forest from the directors' box at Bramall Lane: Darren Staples / Sportimage

The discussions, designed to gain an insight into Henderson’s character both on and off the pitch, took place soon after a consortium headed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund purchased the Premier League club from Mike Ashley. Despite reports to the contrary, the Sports Direct chief has not yet expressed an interest in buying United should Henry Mauriss’ proposed takeover fail. The American businessman submitted a £115m offer for HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s shareholding earlier this year. But the English Football League is still to provide clearance.

Aged 25, Henderson made 86 appearances for United following his temporary transfer from Manchester United to South Yorkshire in the summer of 2018. Before returning to Old Trafford, he helped them win promotion from the Championship and then secure a ninth-placed top-flight finish after his agreement was renewed.

United provided Henderson with a glowing reference after being approached by Newcastle. But with Pope now emerging as their number one target, Henderson now looks destined for Forest instead; potentially on a 12 month basis again.

Former Sheffield United goalkeepers Dean Henderson and Aaron Ramsdale on England duty: Darren Staples / Sportimage
Dean Henderson helped Sheffield United win promotion and then finish ninth in the Premier League: Luke Walker/Getty Images