Nottingham Forest agree personal terms with Man United goalkeeper Dean Henderson ahead of loan move with option to buy for £20m… with Brice Samba keen to leave the City Ground and sign for Lens
- Nottingham Forest have agreed to sign Manchester United’s Dean Henderson
- The goalkeeper will join initially on loan, with Forest having the option to buy
- The Reds have been quick to act after Brice Samba confirmed his wish to leave
- It makes it difficult for James Garner to return to the City Ground next season
- Henderson played second fiddle to David de Gea at Old Trafford last term
Nottingham Forest have agreed a deal with Manchester United to sign Dean Henderson on loan with the option to buy for £20million.
The goalkeeper has agreed personal terms with the newly-promoted Premier League club, with only the paperwork left to be finalised ahead of his switch to the City Ground.
Forest have been quick to act after Brice Samba informed them that he wishes to leave this summer, with the Congolese shot-stopper keen on a move to Ligue 1 side Lens.
Goalkeeper Dean Henderson (pictured) has agreed personal terms with Nottingham Forest
Forest have been quick to act after Brice Samba informed them that he wishes to leave
Henderson’s move to Forest will make it difficult for Manchester United midfielder James Garner, 21, to return to the Reds next season after a successful loan spell in 2021-22.
Premier League rules state that clubs are not allowed to take more than one player on loan from the same club at the same time, but exceptions can be made if one of the loans is to be made permanent.
Miltiadis Marinakis took over the running of Forest from his father Evangelos last year and is already going about transforming the club to ensure they remain in the top-flight after ending their 23-year exodus.
‘I need to congratulate my son Miltiadis because he took over this year,’ Evangelos told Sky Sports after Forest’s play-off final win over Huddersfield.
Henderson will arrive having played second fiddle to David de Gea at Old Trafford over the last two seasons. He only made three appearances in 2021-22, which came in the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.
Miltiadis Marinakis has taken over the running of Nottingham Forest from his father Evangelos
Henderson’s arrival means that Forest could find it difficult to sign James Garner on loan again
The 25-year-old has experience of coming into a newly-promoted team as he spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Sheffield United and kept 13 clean sheets in 36 games as the Blades finished ninth.
He has earned one England cap and was included in the squad for Euro 2020 before missing out through injury, so will hope that regular football gets him back into Gareth Southgate’s thoughts before the World Cup in the winter.
Newcastle had also shown an interest in signing Henderson, but a move to the City Ground now looks set to go through.