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Jordan Henderson reaches agreement with Al Ettifaq to terminate contract and quit Saudi Pro League

Al Etiffaq have agreed to terminate Jordan Henderson's contract after only six months; midfielder will leave their training camp in Abu Dhabi and return to England, as he searches for a new club; Ajax remain in talks over a permanent deal to sign the midfielder

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Image: Al Ettifaq have agreed to terminate Jordan Henderson's contract

Jordan Henderson can leave Saudi Arabia after Al Ettifaq agreed to terminate his contract.

They have also agreed to let him leave their training camp in Abu Dhabi and return to England, as he searches for a new club.

It has been no secret that Henderson struggled to settle into life in the Middle East.

Dutch giants Ajax remain in talks over a permanent deal to sign him.

On Monday, Sky Sports News reported that Ajax were positive about striking a deal and hoping to do so this week.

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Paul Merson and Michael Dawson both agree money should take a backwards step as Jordan Henderson looks for a move away from Saudi Arabia ahead of the Euros

Ajax coach John van 't Schip has already confirmed that the Amsterdam club would be keen to welcome the England international, in an attempt to revive their dwindling season.

They are 23 points shy of league leaders PSV and believe Henderson could help them push for European qualification during the remainder of the campaign.

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Henderson has played 19 times for Al Ettifaq, who are coached by former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard.

'Ajax prepared to break the bank for Henderson'

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Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan says Ajax are prepared to go above and beyond to secure Jordan Henderson's signature.

Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan speaking to Sky Sports News live from Amsterdam:

"Normally £5m is the maximum wage structure for any player joining Ajax, and I've never seen them break the bank before, but they really need to change something in the squad and need to change results.

"They seem prepared to break the bank to pay Jordan Henderson a much bigger wage than they've ever paid a player before."

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To ensure harmonisation with the major leagues in Europe, the closing dates were set following discussions with the EFL, DFL, Serie A, LaLiga, and LFP, who will all close their summer and winter windows on 1 September and 1 February respectively.

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