With Arsenal and Tottenham interested, can Aston Villa pull off coup landing Dean Henderson?

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa smiles prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on January 8, 2017 in London, England.

Some of the Premier League's biggest clubs have been watching Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson at Shrewsbury Town, and so have Aston Villa.

Dean Henderson of Shrewsbury Town in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Shrewsbury Town and Northampton Town at New Meadow on August 5, 2017 in Shrewsbury, England.

Dean Henderson might not have played a single minute of senior football for Manchester United, but there is no doubting the talent of this highly-rated goalkeeper.

Henderson has shone on loan at Shrewsbury Town in League One, keeping 11 clean sheets in 25 games to help the pre-season relegation favourites up to third in the table at the mid-way point of a remarkable season.

And according to the Mirror in October, as many as 14 clubs had watched the 20-year-old in action with his contract at Old Trafford due to expire at the end of the season.

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.

They included Premier League giants Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, not to mention Southampton, Stoke City and Watford.

So it almost goes without saying that Aston Villa would be pulling off an impressive coup if they managed to lure Henderson to the Midlands either now or at the end of the current campaign.

The Sun states that Villa manager Steve Bruce sent scout and former goalkeeper Tony Coton to watch Henderson on loan last week and received a very positive report about the young shot-stopper.

Dean Henderson of Man United during the FA Youth Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on February 09, 2015 in London, England.

Villa have another United academy graduate in Sam Johnstone between the sticks as it stands, but they may struggle to make his loan deal permanent unless they enjoy the financial boost of promotion. If Villa miss out, clubs in the Premier League will no doubt make their move.

As such, Bruce may need a new number one soon and will consider putting a great deal of faith in the fresh-faced Henderson; as long as Chelsea, Spurs or Arsenal do not step up their interest.

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