Man United conducting a ‘pre-medical’ on another new keeper as Dean Henderson could be set to leave
He'd only be back-up but ten Hag wants cover everywhere.
Manchester United are reportedly considering signing another new goalkeeper in Fenerbahçe SK’s Altay Bayindir as they brace for the potential departure of second-choice keeper, Dean Henderson.
Henderson, now 26, has been with Man United since 2011, enjoying multiple loan spells since graduating from the academy and has made no secret of wanting the no.1 shirt in that time, but with that already being given to André Onana this season, the chances of him leaving permanently are fairly substantial.
With that in mind, as per The Athletic‘s David Ornstein, United have apparently been in contact with Fenerbahçe over the potential signing of 25-year-old Bayindir and the club has already conducted a “pre-medical” on the Turkish international.
According to the journalist, the transfer is only set to progress in the event that Henderson leaves and having spent four of the past five years out on loan at three different clubs — not to mention Erik ten Hag having already replaced David de Gea — it seems more likely than not.
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As Ornstein goes on to explain, Bayindir has undergone “provisional checks” and were the deal to be finalised it would be worth around €5 million (approximately £4.3m), but any arrival whatsoever would be contingent on Dean Henderson leaving.
It is thought that Crystal Palace would be the most likely destination for Henderson as things stand, with his previous loan club Nottingham Forest having just signed Matt Turner as their new number one and veteran shot-stopper Tom Heaton also available for United.
The academy graduate is also only just returning from an injury of his own and it is thought he will only be allowed to leave if United can sort a replacement to maintain a “three-strong pool” of keepers, with ten Hag already remarking that he wants to ensure cover in every position.
As for Bayindir, he played 40 games for Fenerbahçe (the club former midfielder Fred has just joined) last season and has played 146 times since arriving from Ankaragucu in 2019, as well as five caps for his country.
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Featured Image — Altay Bayindir/Dean Henderson (via Instagram)