Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed a promising update on Forest’s pursuit of the Manchester United goalkeeper this summer.
Romano tweeted: “Dean Henderson deal will be signed and announced in the next days by Man United – no issues, it has been approved by ten Hag. Loan move to Nottingham Forest until June 2023, huge move for NFFC.”
“Deal won’t include any buy option clause, as reported last week.”
The seemingly imminent signing of Henderson will surely be warmly welcomed by Forest supporters and fill them with excitement, especially whilst Brice Samba’s future continues to hang in the balance.
The Daily Mail reported last week that the Congolese stopper has rejected a new contract with the club despite being offered double his current wages, as the 28-year-old would prefer to move back to France this summer.
In terms of Forest’s recruitment of Henderson, it would be a major coup for Cooper to have a player who has Premier League experience (49 games), so it could be a blessing in disguise that Samba is reluctant to commit his future at the club.
The 25-year-old has struggled to make his mark at Old Trafford with David de Gea in great form for the Red Devils, which has led to Henderson requesting a move away in recent months to find the opportunity to play regular first-team football.
The £16.2m-rated Englishman only made five appearances in all competitions last season, but has proven in the past on loan at Sheffield United, and indeed for his current club, that he has the attributes of a great goalkeeper.
In the 2020/21 season, he impressively kept 13 clean sheets in 26 appearances for Manchester United as they finished second under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and reached the Europa League final.
He also played a massive part in Sheffield United’s promotion into the Premier League in 2019, ever-present as the Blades conceded the fewest goals in the Championship, proving that he can be a huge asset when he is given the opportunity to play consistently.
Henderson’s influence in the team this summer would put Forest in a great position to maintain their top-flight status if he can emulate the levels that he previously reached when given the chance to play regularly.
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