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Nottingham Forest secure Dean Henderson deal

Nottingham Forest have reportedly secured the services of Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

What’s the word?

That is according to the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano, who revealed news of the Manchester United goalkeeper’s switch to the City Ground for the upcoming season.

Taking to Twitter on Friday, Romano stated: “Done deal, confirmed. Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson will join Nottingham Forest on a loan deal until June 2023. Here we go.

“No buy option included after further talks between clubs. Deal agreed – it will be signed once Dean Henderson returns.”

Here we go

As Romano states, there is no purchase option in the deal, but a deal has seemingly been agreed. It represents a risk at this stage in Henderson’s career, considering the competition for the number one spot at Forest after Brice Samba’s efforts between the sticks throughout their Championship promotion campaign. However, the potential departure of the 28-year-old may work in the Englishman’s favour.

Who will be first-choice GK?

Henderson

Henderson

Samba

Samba

Henderson made just three appearances for United’s first team in all competitions last season, with his most notable performance coming in the Champions League in a 1-1 draw against Young Boys. Even then, having acquired a save percentage of 75%, he was only given 68 minutes on the pitch before third-choice stopper Tom Heaton replaced him.

Forest may well be in for a real scrap in their bid to renew their Premier League status this season, and a goalkeeper who understands what it takes to perform at this level (49 top-flight appearances), and who will surely be hungry to prove a point to the Old Trafford hierarchy, may well help to keep the Tricky Trees in the top tier beyond next summer.

Whilst it’s a risk for Henderson, who will face a battle with Samba for the number one spot if the latter stays, it represents a serious statement of intent from Cooper’s side, who have bolstered their depth and elevated competition in the goalkeeping position, much to their manager’s delight.

In other news: Cooper now given green light for £9m-rated Forest swoop, he’s a Zinckernagel upgrade 

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