Nottingham Forest keen to sign Manchester United star Dean Henderson on a permanent deal
According to the Telegraph (subscription required), Nottingham Forest will pursue a permanent deal for on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson in the summer.
Forest signed Keylor Navas on loan from Paris-Saint Germain in January, but the former Real Madrid number-one’s time in Nottingham expires this summer.
Henderson, who started as Steve Cooper’s number-one goalkeeper at the start of the season, picked up a thigh injury. Earlier this month, he confirmed that surgery on his thigh was successful and he aims for returning to action at the start of the pre-season.
We do remember that earlier this season, the 26-year-old did an interview where he expressed his unhappiness at the lack of opportunities at Old Trafford.
Whether Erik ten Hag remembers that or has brushed it aside while deciding Henderson’s future, we never know. Either way, a parting of the ways would be the best step forward for all parties involved.
Moreover, the Englishman’s future may also depend on what happens with David de Gea and whether the club is looking to sign a new keeper in the summer.
With Forest guaranteed to play Premier League football next season, they might also be looking at signing a keeper of this division’s standard and experience.
Henderson is a fantastic shot-stopper who may not that good with the ball at his feet. Ten Hag might judge him on that and have a first-hand look during the pre-season.
Given that the former was very good for Cooper’s side in the first half of this campaign, it seems like he is the best fit for a team that does not rely on goalkeepers passing like outfield players.
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After all this discussion, it would make sense for United to let go of Henderson to Forest this summer. The money they can potentially get from this deal can be used to buy a new keeper and invest in other departments of the squad as well.