Sunday Observer - - SPORT - ONDON - Goal

LArse­nal are un­der­stood to be plot­ting a move for young goal­keeper Dean Hen­der­son if he fails to sign a new con­tract at Old Traf­ford.

The 20-year-old stop­per is out of con­tract next sum­mer and talks over a new deal with United have stalled in re­cent weeks, ac­cord­ing to The Sun.

While Hen­der­son’s path into the first team is blocked by David De Gea and Ser­gio Romero, it’s un­der­stood the club rate Hen­der­son highly and are keen to se­cure his l ong- t e r m f ut ure to Old Traf­ford.

How­ever, it’s claimed that Hen­der­son – who is cur­rently on a s e a s on’ s l oan at Shrews­bury – be­lieves his first-team prospects would be bet­ter served by mov­ing else­where, with Ar­se­nal al­ready re­ported to have of­fered him a con­tract to move down south.

The Gun­ners will be on the look­out for a new goal­keeper to ri­val and cover for Petr Cech next sum­mer, with David Ospina likely to leave at the end of the season.

Ar­se­nal would have to pay a com­pen­sa­tion fee to United given Hen­der­son’s age, but his move to the Gun­ners would come as a blow for Jose Mour­inho’s side.

The goal­keeper has yet to ap­pear for United’s se­nior side, but is thought to be one of the coun­try’s top goal­keep­ing prospects, hav­ing played six times for Eng­land U20s.

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