West Ham are one of three Premier League clubs lining up a move for Dean Henderson, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The 23-year-old is currently playing second fiddle to David De Gea at Manchester United and must be chomping at the bit to secure regular first-team football after his Sheffield United heroics last season.
At Brammall Lane he proved himself to be a consistent Premier League performer as he guided the Blades to a top-10 finish in their first season back in the big time after Championship promotion.
The MEN report that Henderson is ‘frustrated’ at his current plight and is looking for a new destination to play his football in the summer if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fails to provide him with first-team guarantees
West Ham are reportedly battling London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to secure his services, though any deal looks difficult with a £40million valuation on his contract that runs until 2025, particularly as clubs continue to suffer the economic effects of the worldwide pandemic.
Due to the stature of clubs linked and the valuations being mooted this could be a tough deal for the Irons to complete but it is certainly one worth considering and would further establish ourselves as one of the Premier League elite.
With European football firmly on the horizon as David Moyes and his charges sit fourth in the table and ahead of Spurs and Chelsea, why can’t we kick on and aim for the stars?
Lukasz Fabianski has been a solid servant in East London for many years and has often been our saviour but he is 35-years-old and his contract expires this summer.
He should certainly be offered a new deal but with the two other senior goalkeepers at the club both in their mid-30s as well, this is a position that should be strengthened before the next campaign gets underway.
Furthermore, we think Henderson would offer an upgrade over Fabianski in sticks.
According to Wyscout, the England international prevented 0.18 goals in the Premier League last season which ranked him in the top five for this metric while our Polish stopper was at the other end of the standings with -0.07 [only four goalkeepers scored lower].
Wyscout rated him as the top goalkeeper of the 2019/20 campaign considering all the statistics combined while they placed Fabianski in a lowly 19th position.
Fabianski has fared slightly better this season with a more positive 0.03 prevented goals per 90 but there have been a few errors creeping into his game in recent years, especially in games v Liverpool at Anfield.
At 23-years-old, Henderson is 12 years younger and, in our opinion, a better goalkeeper.
This is a chance to assert our authority in the market and fill our goalkeeper position for the next decade so we must be calculated and ruthless.
If that means dispensing of Fabianski to rid us of his costly £65,000 per week wages then so be it. We must find a way to bring Henderson to the London Stadium as we aim to hold our own in Europe.
In other West Ham news, see our view on how Pablo Fornals helped us to power past Spurs in the race for the top four.