SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Jordan Henderson of Sunderland competes with George Elokobi of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers at The Stadium of Light on May 14, 2011 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Liverpool Agree Deal To Buy Jordan Henderson

Liverpool have acquired England under-21 midfielder Jordan Henderson from Sunderland in a deal believed to be worth around £20M, with David Ngog heading the other way.

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Jordan Henderson Sale A Wise Choice For Sunderland - Roker Report

Jordan Henderson's £20M transfer to Liverpool from Sunderland is being treated with some head-scratching around the country. Many people don't really seeing him as having much value, and are attributing his high price to some sort of ridiculous premium on English players. How much of that is true I don't know, but Sunderland fans seem to think that they're losing a top prospect, and I'm inclined to trust their judgement on this one.

That said, they're not necessarily sad to be seeing Henderson go after he demonstrated that his heart was elsewhere. At SB Nation's Sunderland blog, Roker Report, Simon Walsh is of the opinion that those who don't want to play at Sunderland should be sold, although he is curious as to the ramifications of losing a player who was expected to be a cornerstone of the side for the next decade:

Sure, I'd [have] loved us to hang on to him, and I do believe still Jordan will develop into a fantastic player. I wish it was here, but when all things are considered if he thinks it's elsewhere, off you go. I'd rather we had players who want to stay, and want to play. Jordan has been given ample time in the week to say he'd prefer to stay, and we haven't heard a peep.

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It's not quite the same situation, but look at when Wayne Rooney left Everton in his developmental years, they got by and sold when his price was high and he didn't want to be there despite the fandom. They were in the Champions League (briefly) the next season, and have flirted with Europe as they were before and after.

Should we have held on? Thats another story really as we don't know how it would play out. Arsenal have held on to Cesc Fabregas for a few years despite Barcelona's interest, and have suffered a few lacklustre performances whislt his heart isn't entirely there. Luckily for Arsenal they have an abundance of quality players, we however, cannot afford to carry passengers.

It's an interesting connundrum for Sunderland and their fans, but ultimately it's extremely difficult to hold onto a player who absolutely wants to be elsewhere, especially when a more renowned team come calling. Sunderland will just have to hope they can use the funds coming back wisely, a process they've already started with the rumoured chase of Manchester United trio Wes Brown, Darron Gibson and John O'Shea.

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Liverpool Agree Deal To Buy Jordan Henderson

Liverpool and Sunderland have both confirmed the sale of England under-21 international Jordan Henderson. The midfielder, 20, had a price tag set by Sunderland and manager Steve Bruce of around £20M, which Liverpool are believed to have met with £13M cash and the inclusion of French striker David Ngog as a makeweight. A statement released by Liverpool notes that the deal between the teams is complete, with only personal terms and a routine medical to go before Henderson is unveiled as a Liverpool player:

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson. The 20-year-old will today discuss personal terms and undergo a medical on Merseyside after a fee was agreed between the two clubs.

It's an interesting move for Liverpool but a fairly sensible one for Sunderland, who found themselves holding one of the more valuable properties in the game: A home-grown, English midfielder. Sunderland needed a forward as well as reinforcements to the rest of the squad, and they can probably replace Henderson's contributions with Ngog and the money they received.

As for Liverpool, it's an open question as to just how Henderson will slot into an already-crowded midfield, one which features captain Steven Gerrard, Raul Meireles and Lucas Leiva. It's difficult to see Henderson breaking into that side anytime soon.

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