Dutch newspaper says Ajax still has good hopes of signing Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson left Liverpool to join Al Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia last summer.

Ajax still have hopes of signing former Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson in the January transfer window amid interest from Juventus, according to telegraaf.nl.

However, reports claiming that “Ajax have already reached a personal agreement with the Englishman are premature.” 

The Dutch club want to bolster their squad with an experienced central midfielder this month and have identified the 33-year-old as a potential transfer target.

Ajax have struggled to churn out positive results this season in the Eredivisie as they currently lie fifth – 23 points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.

The telegraaf.nl further stated that Tyler Alexander Arnold, Henderson’s agent who works with Muy Manero’s Nathan van Kooperen in the Netherlands, is in talks with the Saudis about how the former Liverpool player can leave.

Ajax coach John van ‘t Schip confirmed the club’s interest in signing Henderson. Speaking in an interview with ESPN Netherlands, he said: “There is serious talk going on with Henderson.

“He still has some things to arrange in Saudi Arabia.

“It could be a nice match. It’s no secret that we could really use that type of player. Other guys can benefit from that.”

Juventus want to sign the England international on loan while Ajax want to buy him as per telegraaf.nl.

The Serie A club are reportedly willing to offer Jordan Henderson a €1.5m salary to sign him on an 18-month loan deal, however any potential move would have to work for all parties.

Henderson is said to be willing to quit Saudi Pro League side Al-Ettifaq and return to the Premier League after just six months amid suggestions he is unhappy there.

He moved to Saudi Arabia in July to link up with former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard at Al-Ettifaq but things have not worked out so far.

The England midfielder has made 17 league appearances and provided five assists for Al-Ettifaq who currently lie eighth in the standings, trailing 28 points behind league leaders Al-Hilal.

Henderson joined Liverpool in June 2011 from Sunderland and went on to rack up 492 appearances, scored 33 goals, and contributed with 57 assists across all competitions.

He won several titles at Liverpool including the Premier League, Champions League, Club World Cup, Carabao Cup, and Emirates FA Cup.

Henderson would be a good addition to Ajax, who are vying to qualify for next season’s Champions League after a slow start to the season.

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