The Manchester United star could be the perfect Southampton transfer target – and it’s not Jesse Lingard

Southampton are looking for a goalkeeper to replace Fraser Forster, though that transfer may not happen until next summer.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will search the market for players who could step into the void and offer competition for the current number one, Alex McCarthy.

At the moment, both of the club’s senior goalkeepers are on their way to the exit door at the end of the season with their contracts, both of which expire at the end of June.

But with McCarthy ready to sign a new deal to stay with the Saints well beyond the summer of 2022, Forster is expected to say goodbye to the South Coast.

Speaking about his goalkeeping plans, Hasenhuttl told HampshireLive: “We will definitely extend the contract with one of the two goalkeepers, then the other will leave.

“I think in the future we will look for a new goalkeeper. This may be an issue for next summer (2022). However, there is still a long way to go.”

West Bromwich Albion shooter Sam Johnstone has been linked with a move to St Mary’s, but the club has also been given a new opportunity to throw himself over Manchester United and England star Dean Henderson.

The 24-year-old, who proved his worth in the Premier League during his season-long loan spell at Sheffield United, is said to be looking to find a club that can offer him more regular playing time at the highest level.

According to reports, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team is willing to allow the goalkeeper to go on an 18-month loan with lots of top interest expected.



Dean Henderson of Manchester United was able to leave Old Trafford on an 18-month loan period

Reports have suggested Henderson is eager to leave on a permanent basis, but with his current deal set to run until 2025, his future does not entirely rest in his hands.

The Saints have previously tried to sign a highly regarded young Manchester United on loan and failed with Brandon Williams, who was chased by Hasenhuttl over a series of windows, instead of finding his way to Norwich City.

They have also been linked with midfielder Jesse Lingard, who after returning from a successful loan spell at West Ham United is once again opposed to seeking more regular playing time.

Southampton do not need to pick up a goalkeeper during January and appear to be more likely to wait until the summer before welcoming them to a new arrival between the posts.

But an 18-month loan to Henderson could offer them a money-saving alternative to Baggies stopper Johnstone, while the club awaits the development of future goalkeepers Jack Bycroft, Oli Wright and Matt Hall.

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