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Manchester United confirm signing amid Leeds and Aston Villa interest

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With numerous clubs hot on his trail, Dean Henderson has signed a new contract at Manchester United, the club’s official website has confirmed.

Henderson puts pen to paper on a two-year deal at Old Trafford, with the option of a third year.

The young goalkeeper’s contract was due to expire this summer, leading a host of clubs to be chasing him in a bargain compensation deal, thought to be worth around £1m.

This alerted Fulham, Bristol City and Stoke City to his services while another report suggests that Arsenal, Chelsea, Benfica, Roma and Olympiacos were considering swoops.

Most recently, Championship sides Leeds United, Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Swansea City were said to have joined the race.

But the 21-year-old has committed his future to the Premier League giants, who may still send him out on loan to the Championship.

Henderson impressed on loan at Shrewsbury Town in League One last year, keeping 19 clean sheets and earning a place in the PFA League One Team of the Year as he guided his side to the play-off final, only to lose to Rotherham United.

The England under-21 international currently sits behind David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone and potentially Joel Castro Pereira so another loan move looks likely.

The Verdict

Henderson would be an astute loan signing for most of these clubs.

For Aston Villa, it would be the ideal cheap replacement for Johnstone, while Leeds could have him competing with Peacock-Farrell for the starting jersey.

Bristol City need a better keeper than Frank Fielding, Stoke could use him if Jack Butland leaves, Sheffield United will see him as a back-up if Jamal Blackman does not return and Swansea should swoop if Lukasz Fabianski goes.

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NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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