Jordan Henderson is reportedly hoping for a Premier League club to snap him up over the coming weeks, with the former Liverpool captain said to be keen on leaving Al-Ettifaq after just six months. He would be willing to accept a significant pay cut if he receives an offer from England, according to the Daily Mail, but his wage demands could still prove to be a sticking point for many clubs.
Express Sport takes a look at four Premier League sides who could take a punt on Henderson before the January window closes…
The Hammers currently have no shortage of talented midfielders at their disposal after reinvesting the money gained from selling Declan Rice to Arsenal. Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse have proven to be shrewd signings since joining over the summer, with Luis Paqueta already at the London Stadium from the previous year.
Henderson could turn out to be another smart acquisition for West Ham, who would be among the few clubs in the Premier League able to satisfy his wage demands. The 33-year-old’s leadership skills could prove useful behind the scenes, while he would also be a capable deputy in the event of injuries in the middle of the park.
Chelsea have spent plenty of cash on improving their midfield ranks since Todd Boehly took control at Stamford Bridge two years ago. Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo, Romeo Lavia and Lesley Ugochukwu are just some of their recent big-money signings but the Blues could still benefit from the addition of an experienced head in the engine room.
Henderson would be able to provide just that and his arrival could help to accelerate the development of Chelsea’s young and expensive midfielders. The chance to link up with some of his England team-mates would also allow Henderson to stay in Gareth Southgate’s good books ahead of this summer’s Euros.
Henderson, a boyhood Sunderland fan who came through their youth ranks, would certainly need some convincing to entertain the idea of joining the Black Cats’ greatest rivals. However, the Magpies would be well-placed to offer him a favourable wage packet and their Saudi ownership could make it easier to negotiate financial terms with Al-Ettifaq.
Newcastle are widely believed to be in the market for midfield reinforcements following Sandro Tonali’s lengthy ban for betting breaches while playing in Italy. Henderson would be able to offer a simple solution but it remains to be seen if he would risk alienating his Sunderland roots by joining forces with the Magpies.
A return to Liverpool for Henderson would be an unlikely outcome, given that the Reds quickly moved on from his summer exit by signing a number of midfield replacements. Alexis Mac Allister, Ryan Gravenberch, Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo all made the switch to Anfield as Jurgen Klopp orchestrated a major overhaul.
However, some extra title-winning experience would come in handy for the Merseyside giants due to the enviable position they find themselves in. They sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League table and still have a chance of winning both domestic cups and the Champions League, with Henderson’s role as a team leader able to prove useful when the going inevitably gets tougher.
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