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Goalkeeper signs permanent deal

Filed: Monday, 21st May 2012
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United have competed the signing of Portsmouth goalkeeper Stephen Henderson on a permanent contract.

The highly-rated Irishman today put pen to paper on a three-year contract having spent the last two months on an 'emergency' loan at the club.

Henderson began his career with Aston Villa but joined Burnley on a free transfer in May 2007 having failed to make a single appearance for the Premier League club.

Loan spells at York, Weymouth, Wycombe, Aldershot and Yeovil followed before he was snapped up by Pompey last summer - since when he went on to make 27 apeerances for the financially-stricken club.

West Ham were just one of a string of clubs who were running the rule over the promising goalkeeper prior to his move to east London, with Alan Pardew's Newcastle United also linked with him during the last transfer window back in January.

"A very special day; congrats to everyone involved with the club... Back where it belongs"
- Henderson on Twitter on Saturday night

Although yet to make a first team start for Sam Allardyce, the 24-year-old - who could yet be the long-term successor to Rob Green - has impressed sufficiently to earn a permanent deal that ties him to the club until 2015.

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