Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Forest have begun negotiations to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
“Excl: Nottingham Forest have opened talks with Manchester United to sign Dean Henderson on loan with option to buy [around £20m].
“Negotiations ongoing – Nottingham Forest want Henderson and it’s now a possibility also considered by the player. Talks on.”
There is no doubt that supporters will be excited at the prospect of signing Henderson this summer even if it is just on a loan deal, especially with Brice Samba potentially set to leave the club.
It was reported on Tuesday that Ligue 1 side Nantes had submitted a bid for the current wantaway Forest ‘keeper who rejected the advances of his newly Premier League promoted side to secure his future.
As a result, Forest are clearly not waiting around to see if Samba stays on for the last 12 months of his contract and the signing of Henderson would be a great piece of business and a worthy replacement for the Congolese stopper.
Despite a lack of game-time at Old Trafford, Henderson is a Premier League proven keeper with 29 appearances for Man United offering a wealth of experience that could be hugely valuable as they navigate through their first season in the top flight for the first time in 23 years.
The 25-year-old has only made five appearances this season falling out of favour due to David de Gea’s impeccable form, and has reportedly expressed his desire to leave the Manchester club to get more first-team football elsewhere, something Forest would be able to provide following the departure of Samba.
With that being said, both Steve Cooper and Henderson can mutually benefit from the deal as it could resolve a potential problem for Forest and also offer the player an opportunity to play consistently in the Premier League next season.