JORDAN Henderson is focused on securing a starting spot for England’s European Championships opener despite the speculation persisting over his future.
SportMail understands Liverpool have now made an approach for Henderson and there have been talks between the two clubs.
But Sunderland are determined to keep hold of Henderson and Liverpool will need to match the £20million-plus asking price if the Black Cats are to even consider offloading a player who has four years left on his contract.
The two clubs are a long way apart in their valuations and there has been no contact between Merseyside and Henderson’s camp.
With Black Cats boss Steve Bruce still on holiday and Henderson set to fly out to the championships on Wednesday, the saga looks set to rumble on throughout the summer.
But Henderson’s focus remains on England, with Stuart Pearce’s U21 side facing favourites Spain in their opening European Championships group game on Sunday.
The Sunderland midfielder played the opening 45 minutes of yesterday’s dress rehearsal for the tournament – helping England to a 2-0 victory against Norway at Southampton.
“It’s important for everyone to give their best to get into that starting XI,” said Henderson.
Full story in Monday’s Mail