Dean Henderson is in talks with Manchester United about signing a new long-term deal, reports say.
The goalkeeper’s stock has soared this season on loan at Sheffield United and there is speculation Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be tempted to make Henderson his No.1 stopper.
David De Gea has faced intense criticism this season and is again under a harsh spotlight following a disastrous performance against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final.
The Times claim Henderson believes he is ready to take over from De Gea and will seek assurances he will be the starting goalkeeper at Old Trafford next season.
If Solskjaer decides to stick with De Gea, Henderson will seek another loan move and could return to Sheffield United for a third campaign.
Henderson signed a three-year deal last summer which guarantees the Englishman £35,000 a week.
But with transfer speculation swirling around Henderson, United may be forced to more than double his wages.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is eager to sign Henderson, but the Englishman is prepared to sign a new deal at United as long as the terms are vastly improved.
Henderson wants a £100,000-a-week contract, while De Gea earns £375,000 a week at United.
Solskjaer was again quizzed about De Gea ahead of United’s game against West Ham, but refused to debate the Spaniard’s dip in form.
‘This is not going to become a David de Gea press conference,’ Solskjaer said. ‘We are just going to stick together.
‘We’ve got two games and we’re going to focus on that.
‘David is mentally strong enough to know his job is to perform in training the next day and be ready for the games.
‘My job is to prepare the team for West Ham and that’s what we’re doing.
‘We’re not going to talk about individuals because no one here is going to feel that we put more pressure on them.’
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