Cats not keen to sell Henderson

The 20-year-old on Thursday morning found himself at the centre of
speculation that the Merseyside club are ready to launch a
big-money bid to lure him away from his home-town club. However,
while the Black Cats know every player has his price, they are
certainly not looking to cash in on their highest-profile Academy
graduate as manager Steve Bruce attempts to strengthen his squad.
Sources on Wearside have indicated that Henderson is simply not for
sale, and certainly not at the £13million fee quoted in some
reports. Nevertheless, that is unlikely to quell the rumours
surrounding a player who has previously been linked with both
Manchester clubs. Henderson has enjoyed a meteoric rise since
emerging as a genuine first-team prospect under Bruce following a
successful loan spell at Coventry before the manager’s arrival at
the Stadium of Light in the summer of 2009. The Sunderland-born
player made an instant impact as a teenager last season and was
handed a first senior England cap against France in November last
year after a good start to the last campaign. However, a dip in
form in the immediate aftermath of that landmark coincided with a
difficult spell for his injury-hit club, and his stock fell
slightly as a result. But Bruce was quick to defend the youngster
and is confident he has a player of enormous potential on his
hands. He said at the time: “It’s been a big learning curve for
Jordan, this season. After getting the euphoria of the England
call-up and then what has happened to him since, it just shows you
what football is. “It’s a sharp learning curve for him, but the kid
wants to learn and wants to play and I still believe he has got a
huge, huge future in the game.”