Eddie Howe has stated there was ‘no truth’ in rumours that Dean Henderson was wanted by Newcastle United in January.
The Manchester United stopper is severely out of favour at Old Trafford at the moment, leading to speculation that he could leave the Red Devils in January.
Henderson was linked with a move to St James’ Park, amid claims that the Magpies could possibly add a goalkeeper to their January recruits.
The Manchester Evening News reported on the penultimate day of the window that Newcastle were working on a loan deal for the 24-year-old. But in the end, Henderson remained with Manchester United.
Eddie Howe denies Dean Henderson rumours
The Newcastle United manager spoke to TalkSPORT on Monday morning ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Everton.
Presenter Jim White asked Howe about the Henderson to Newcastle rumours, but the boss responded emphatically.
“There was no truth in any of those rumours,” Howe said.
“I’ve had to deal with all sorts of rumours as you can imagine during January. It’s been crazy.
“I’ve said all along, I don’t want my players to read the speculation. If they can, stay away from it. I’m delighted with the business we’ve done and think the squad is in a stronger place.”
New goalkeeper not essential for Newcastle
Talk of a goalkeeper arriving at St James’ Park in January seemed strange. While we’ve conceded a lot of goals this season, that’s largely been down to our defensive deficiencies rather than keeping errors.
Martin Dubravka hasn’t been at his usual high standards, but not so bad that he needed to be replaced.
It felt like Newcastle would pounce on a new goalkeeper if the right one was available. Henderson certainly would’ve fit the bill given his age, but not signing him is far from a blow.
Even in the summer, a new goalkeeper surely won’t be a priority.
Howe is bang on about the squad. It is certainly in a stronger place. Would Henderson have made it even stronger? Possibly, but that’s nothing to worry about.