Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed on the Qué Golazo podcast that Newcastle are interested in Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
Newcastle has seen significant changes since they got new owners in October.
In January, the first transfer window following the takeover, the Magpies spent over £90m on Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier, and Dan Burn.
The spending had a great impact on the Tyneside club, as they jumped from 18th at the end of January to finishing the season in 11th. In that time period only Liverpool and Manchester City picked up more points.
Following the success they had in January, Eddie Howe is eager to dip into the transfer once again this summer, and one place they may look at is between the sticks.
That is according to Romano, who believes that the northeast outfit have made a keeper, and in particular Henderson, one of their big priorities this transfer window.
“Henderson. The goalkeeper. Yes, Dean Henderson, I think it’s a priority for Newcastle, and then I see them going for a left-back – it will be an opportunity.”
Our Thoughts on Romano’s Henderson Claims
Martin Dubravka has been the undisputed no.1 when fit since he joined the club in 2018, and the Slovakia international’s performances this season suggest that he will remain no.1.
In the 26 games he played in the league, the difference between his post-shot expected goal and goals conceded, which tells you how well a keeper is doing compared to what they’re expected to do, is 4.1.
This means that the former Sparta Prague shot-stopper has saved over 4 more goals than he was supposed to. His 0.16 goals saved per 90 minutes puts him in the top 10% of goalies in Europe’s top five leagues and is the third-best in the league.
However, the 2020 Newcastle Player of the Year is 33, and Howe must look for an eventual replacement.
The options inside the club are not up to standard. In the 12 games that Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow have played, they have conceded a combined 27 goals, and the two have the lowest WhoScored ratings out of anyone at St James’ Park who has made a league start.
Henderson would provide some much-needed competition for Dubravka. While the 25-year-old has not featured in the Premier League this campaign, in the one before he was in the top 10% of keepers in the league for save percentage.
“He’s insane. I’ve never been with such a good goalkeeper. One thing in matches, he is almost a defence alone at times, and you feel so secure with him.
“But people have to see him at training. It’s crazy. He saves balls from one yard. Sometimes I am completely speechless by how good he is. It’s like having two goalkeepers in goal with him. He’s awesome.
“He’s so confident. He knows he is good and he exploits that too. He is exceptional.”
Newcastle, therefore, would be making another good signing if they can attract Henderson up north and many around St James’ Park will surely be delighted by this latest update from Romano.