It was reported earlier this week that Henderson wants to leave Al-Ettifaq just six months on from his controversial switch to the Middle East.
The England International is said to be unsettled in Saudi Arabia and unhappy with the heat and humidity of the playing conditions, and will ‘seriously consider’ any offers from Premier League teams.
Furthermore, Al-Ettifaq’s terrible attendance figures – an average of just over 7,000 this season – and the backlash he faced from the LGBTQ+ community because of the move are also said to be contributing factors.
It remains to be seen whether any English top-flight clubs are interested however, and while Newcastle have been tentatively linked, that move seems highly improbable given Henderson’s ties to boyhood club Sunderland.
There are, however, several clubs around Europe that could offer the 33-year-old an escape route, with Fabrizio Romano claiming that Dutch giants Ajax are among those ready to make their move.
That will be music to the ears of Henderson but it all depends on whether Al-Ettifaq are willing to let their most high-profile player go, and at the moment they are not.
The Saudi side, who are managed by Henderson’s former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, paid £12million for the midfielder and talkSPORT report that the Reds included a large sell-on clause in the deal that could complicate matters.
A loan deal would be an option, but the player’s enormous wages – around £8m-a-year – could also derail any short-term transfer.
After a dreadful start to the season, Ajax have climbed back up to fifth in the Eredivisie and a player with the experience and leadership qualities of Henderson would be a great addition to their squad.
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