United in line to land Henderson

Manchester United have won the £20million scramble for the signature of Sunderlandís emerging England international Jordan Henderson.

The 20-year-old, who earned his first senior cap in Novemberís Wembley friendly against France, has attracted a number of Premier League admirers including Manchester City and Chelsea.

But Sunderland boss Steve Bruce, currently in talks over a new contract to reward his outstanding work on Wearside, believes attacking midfielder Henderson,, is bound for Old Trafford in the summer.

Bruceís special relationship with his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson has helped swing the deal Unitedís way.

The exact details of the transfer have yet to be finalised but both Sunderland and the player have indicated that Old Trafford will be Hendersonís destination.

United could offer North East born Michael Carrick as part of the deal but it is believed that Bruce would prefer Ferguson to allow him to keep on-loan Danny Welbeck.

But the United boss believes that Welbeck can use his season long loan experience to spark a successful career with his parent club and is reluctant to part with the striker.

Source: Express
Date Published: 31 January 2011

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To me the middle is where we are most vulnerable, and is also where most games are won and lost. We need width but Nani, Park, Valencia is a good start with attacking full backs like Evra and the Da Silvas too. The issue is the middle where we have plenty who can pass a ball 5 yards to another player (fketcher, carrick, gibson etc) but no one who takes charge and drives forwards and dominates games.

- Oli

I've not seen enough of Henderson at all, so I really don't know much about him... but 20 million seems a LOT! especially if we will have Cleverly back... If we are willing to spend cash, I'm of the opinion we might as well splash a good 35/40 million on Bale in the summer and be sorted on that left flank for the next 10/12 years to replace Giggs..

- Zain

Not sure how much of this is a done deal but certainly sounds like he might be joining us in the summer. Wellbeck has come on well at Sunderland but in reality we've got Valencia and Nani on the wings and plenty of options up front so if the deal did mean Wellbeck had to stay with them then I wouldn't be too disappointed. Although I do think £20m for Henderson seems a lot!

- Dave