Report: Borussia Dortmund turned down chance to sign Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson
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Borussia Dortmund reportedly turned down the opportunity to sign Jordan Henderson before his move to Ajax.

Jordan Henderson secured a return to European football earlier this week, joining Dutch giants Ajax on a two and a half year contract. The England international made the decision to leave Saudi Pro League side Al-Ettifaq just six months after joining them from Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool on a lucrative contract.

According to Dutch outlet Voetbalzone, Henderson was offered to a number of big clubs by his agent before his move to Ajax. The list included the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona. But all three clubs turned down the opportunity to sign the 33 year old. Henderson seemingly also had three offers from the English Premier League and Juventus, but ultimately decided to join Ajax.

It is no surprise that Borussia Dortmund did not want to bring in another defensive midfielder this month, with Emre Can and Salih Özcan already in their ranks. The likes of Marcel Sabitzer and Felix Nmecha can also play in both the number six and the number eight roles. While the highly rated Kjell Wätjen could be in line for a first-team promotion in the coming months.

Jordan Henderson endured a difficult spell at Al-Ettifaq, and also came under plenty of criticism for his decision to move to Saudi Arabia. He will hope to turn things around at Ajax, as he looks to try and make the England squad for the European Championship in Germany at the end of the season.