Dean Henderson 'delighted' after joining Nottingham Forest on loan from Manchester United

Nottingham Forest have confirmed they have sealed a loan deal to sign Dean Henderson from Manchester United.

The move has been in the pipeline for a number of days now, with Henderson needing gametime after a season of stagnation in 2021/22.

He needs to play regularly to have any chance of getting into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Henderson has slipped out of the international picture and David de Gea is completely established as United’s number one goalkeeper.

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Henderson loan deal confirmed

Henderson has spoken to Forest’s official website after sealing the move and said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining such a fantastic club with an amazing set of fans and a wonderful history.

“I want to thank the manager and owners at Nottingham Forest for the great opportunity to play for this club in their first season back in the Premier League.

“I’m really excited to work with everyone at the club from the manager, players and goalkeeper coach Danny Alcock.

“Finally, just a massive thank you to the fans for the welcome I have received and I can’t wait to celebrate some brilliant moments together this coming season.”

Henderson loan confirmed

United have Tom Heaton who can step up and be an experienced second choice option, and someone like Matej Kovar could go and become third choice.

There have been links with another goalkeeper, most notably Daniel Bachmann at Watford, but that deal does not look like getting done at present.

United do not strictly need to replace Henderson but Erik ten Hag may choose to bring in one more goalkeeper just to bolster his ranks.

But United’s goalkeeping department has been a bit bloated in recent seasons and streamlining it with loan exits may not be the worst idea.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.