Boro were reportedly willing to pay £40,000 of the 25-year-old’s weekly wage – but Erik ten Hag’s side are holding out for the second-tier side to pay an even bigger chunk of his salary.
Instead, they are hoping to strike a deal for Tom Heaton and this may be a wiser decision – because covering £40,000 of Henderson’s wage is a steep cost in the Championship and an investment not worth making.
Can you remember how much Middlesbrough paid for these 22 summer signings?
Although they are likely to be able to strike this sort of agreement with Djed Spence potentially set to leave the Riverside Stadium for a sizeable eight-figure fee in the coming months, a move for Henderson wouldn’t exactly be a long-term one unless they win promotion to the Premier League next term.
There is a good chance they will under the stewardship of Chris Wilder – but there are no guarantees and this is why they should be looking towards someone like Leicester City’s Daniel Iversen instead.
Although Preston may be in a reasonably decent position to recruit him again because of the fact they have taken the Dane on loan multiple times before, you just feel Boro will have a bigger budget than the Lilywhites this summer.
And they should be looking to spend the amount needed to level up their goalkeeping department – because it’s an area that desperately needs strengthening with Joe Lumley and Luke Daniels failing to do enough to assert themselves as the Teesside outfit’s first-choice shot-stopper.
Ideally then, they need two keepers and with Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Ward both available as senior options to Leicester City, a permanent agreement could potentially be sanctioned for Iversen.
The latter has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the second tier over the past 18 months and with that, is likely to be a real success at the Riverside if he makes the move and they certainly have the ability to get a longer-term agreement over the line because of the money they will generate for Spence.
He shouldn’t cost a huge amount though, allowing them to bring in Iversen, another shot-stopper to compete for his position and address other positions including their forward area, which is in need of considerable surgery.
Paying out a considerable portion of Henderson’s wage may only cost around £2m – another deal that would allow them to buy other players – but that’s still a considerable amount for a player that would only spend one season on Teesside.