By Noel Whelan

22nd Nov, 2021 | 7:00pm

Henderson told to accept 'brilliant' Newcastle offer after Shearer claim - pundit

Noel Whelan has insisted a Newcastle transfer for Dean Henderson will be a “brilliant move” despite the managerial situation at Man United.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 24-year-old will not be able to surpass the “big name” of David de Gea in the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Newcastle’s current first-choice goalkeeper Karl Darlow dropped a clanger as Ivan Toney equalised for Brentford on Saturday – fumbling the Englishman’s low shot.

Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day (September 20th), Magpies icon Alan Shearer said Darlow had a “really poor” game, suggesting the 31-year-old “looked nervous” during the clash.

Newcastle also have Martin Dubravka and Freddie Woodman as backup.

Despite that, they have been linked with a January move for Henderson in recent weeks.

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Football Insider exclusively revealed last week (November 16th) that the shot-stopper is ‘100%’ likely to depart Old Trafford during the winter window.

Whelan insisted the England international’s decision is unlikely to be influenced by the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“Newcastle might be worried about getting Henderson now that Solskjaer has left United. But will his mind have changed? Probably not,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I still think De Gea will be number one. Henderson will be firmly fixed on playing regular football to get himself back into that England set-up, and Newcastle would be a brilliant move for him.

“He’d be number one at Newcastle, and that’s the responsibility he needs to start pushing and knocking down the door of Gareth Southgate.

“De Gea’s a big name, hasn’t done a great deal wrong. I’m sure he’s not going to get in ahead of him even when a new manager comes in.”

In other news, pundit claims two fringe Newcastle players set for “huge” roles under Howe.