Tottenham want to sign on-loan Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson – and see the Blades shotstopper as a potential long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 23-year-old, who is currently on a season-long loan deal at Bramall Lane from Manchester United, has worked under Jose Mourinho previously during his time as United boss, but the youngster never ended up making a senior appearance for his parent-club.
Henderson has started 28 of Sheffield United’s 29 league games this season – the 3-3 draw against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in November the exception as he was ineligible – and has been one of the standout goalkeepers in the Premier League, keeping the joint second most clean sheets to keep the Blades in with a chance of finishing in Europe.
With a regular place at Old Trafford unlikely, the report suggests that Henderson’s first-choice would be Sheffield United if he does leave permanently, but Mourinho wants to try and convince him to make the switch down to the capital to battle it out with Hugo Lloris to be Tottenham’s number one – before eventually becoming his successor.
The Frenchman has made over 300 appearances for Spurs, but has endured a tricky season which has been overshadowed by a three-month injury and then a loss of form in 2020.
Henderson, who is valued at £22million, is yet to be capped by England, but was called-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad for the EURO 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria – and will be looking to compete with Jordan Pickford for the number one spot ahead of next summer’s rearranged European Championships.