West Bromwich Albion keeping tabs on England Under-20 keeper

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West Bromwich Albion are reportedly interested in a summer deal for Dean Henderson, who was part of the England Under-20 squad which recently tasted World Cup success.


The 20-year-old has yet to make a competitive appearance for Manchester United, but he has had playing time at Stockport County and Grimsby Town in recent years.

The Baggies parted ways with Jack Rose earlier in the month but they still have the likes of Ethen Ross and Alex Palmer, who could graduate to the first-team squad. Former England international Ben Foster has already committed his future until 2019, but the Baggies are nevertheless on the search for a new shot-stopper with Boaz Myhill entering the final year of his contract.

Tony Pulis’ side signed Anders Lindegaard from the Old Trafford a couple of seasons ago, but the Danish footballer was restricted to just one League Cup outing following which he pursued a switch to Preston North End. The Baggies performed above expectations during the previous campaign and much of the work was done in the first half of the season with Ben Foster in prime form in front of goal.

The west Midlands club were at one stage just seven points adrift of a potential Europa League place, but a run of nine winless games condemned them to 10th place for the campaign. The likes of Ben Foster, Jonny Evans and Matt Philips were vital components of the squad, and the latter’s injury in March started the downward slide in the final months.

There is a suggestion that Pulis’ teams often cool down after achieving the 40-point mark, and this appears to be the case with the Baggies, who were in relegation form with just two points in the final nine league games. With the transfer window due to reopen next month, Pulis is expected to receive the backing of the club’s Chinese owners in order to reduce the average age of the entire squad – currently the highest in the Premier League at 29.