Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson to land Stadium of Light youngster
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MANCHESTER United have won the £20million scramble for the signature of Sunderland’s emerging England international Jordan Henderson.
The 20-year-old, who earned his first senior cap in November’s 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.
Bruce’s special relationship with his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson has helped swing the deal United’s 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 Henderson’s 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.
Jordan Henderson has come of age this season and his consistent performances have helped him gain admiration and an England call up and now it seems that Steve Bruce is set to lose the 20 year old to his former club, a move that would confirm Man United’s intentions to build a new generation of talent to take over at Old Trafford.
The local born midfielder has been an ever present in the Black Cats starting line up, helping them in their battle for a top six finish and whilst it may prove something of a wrench for Henderson to leave his home-town club it is clearly a move that would greatly advance his career.
Bruce has brought in Sulley Muntari on a loan deal that he hopes will lead to a permanent move as well as capturing PSG playmaker Stephane Sessegnon so perhaps there is scope for accepting offers for a player who has clearly shown his potential to succeed at the highest level.
Jordan Henderson is an adaptable midfield maestro who excels out on the right but can also ply his trade in the centre of the park just as effectively.