Report: Aston Villa scouted Manchester United-owned Dean Henderson last week

Dean Henderson of Shrewsbury Town during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between West Ham United and Shrewsbury Town at London Stadium on January 16, 2018 in London, England.

Aston Villa are seemingly stepping up their pursuit of Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Peterborough United at Villa Park on January 6, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

According to a report from The Sun, Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce sent Tony Coton to have a look at Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson as the Championship promotion chasers seemingly step up their pursuit of the 20-year-old.

Henderson is one of the most highly-rated young goalkeepers currently plying their trade in the Football League, with the former England under-20 international currently shining out on loan with Shrewsbury in League One

Dean Henderson of Shrewsbury Town during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between West Ham United and Shrewsbury Town at London Stadium on January 16, 2018 in London, England.Dean Henderson

The Sun reports that the Villans are considering potential number ones for next season. Sam Johnstone has filled the role since the last January transfer window, but the Englishman is on the same books as Henderson, having signed on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season.

Henderson appears to be coming into their thinking, with The Sun reporting that Bruce sent his scout to watch the starlet last week and the report that came back was positive.

Dean Henderson of Shrewsbury Town applauds the travelling fans after The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between West Ham United and Shrewsbury Town at London Stadium on January...

Henderson has certainly made the most of his time in League One, helping Paul Hurst's men put themselves into promotion contention in the third tier, and demonstrating his potential in their recent FA Cup ties with West Ham.

In more than three and a half hours of football against the Hammers, Henderson conceded just once as the Shrews were agonisingly denied a place in the fourth round - and Villa are perhaps sensing that those displays may see more teams join the race for Henderson if they fail to act quickly. 

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