Coppell captures Henderson
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Reading striker has been allowed to leave The Madejski Stadium in order to gain some first-team football.
The Seagulls are looking to strengthen their forward line after losing Bobby Zamora during the close season.
Steve Coppell fought off competition from Walsall, Colchester and Brentford to capture Henderson who has been used mainly as a substitute during his Reading career.
"I think it's obvious if you look at our line-up at the moment we don't have a great deal of physical presence, either defensively or in attack," stressed Coppell.
"I was conscious of trying to replace the stature of Bobby Zamora up front. Darius is over six foot, a powerful young man, and he's hungry."
He added: "He wants to send a message to Alan Pardew at Reading that he is capable of being a top player."
The ex-Crystal Palace boss is set to link Henderson up with Leon Knight, who is on loan from Chelsea.
The deal will be completed when Pardew returns from a scouting mission in Scandinavia where he would have been watching one of Djurgardens, Rosenborg or HJK Helsinki in Champions League action.