Dean Henderson given 'green light' to leave Manchester United to join Nottingham Forest on loan

Dean Henderson has been given the ‘green light’ to leave Manchester United and join Nottingham Forest, report The Telegraph.

A loan deal is advanced, which means new manager Erik ten Hag will not even take a look at him in pre-season, if a deal is concluded quickly.

This says a lot about Henderson’s desire to leave and lack of confidence that he will be given a shot to displace David de Gea.

Henderson wants to fight for a place in the England squad, and a chance at regular Premier League football would boost his chances of getting called up for the first time since 2021.

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Dean Henderson given ‘green light’ to leave

Henderson will be first choice at Nottingham Forest, with play-off hero Brice Samba set to depart for French side Lens.

The deal is suggested to be a ‘straight loan’ by The Telegraph, which means there would be no obligation or option to buy, as part of it.

His first game for Forest could be away at Newcastle United on the first day of the season, followed by a home match against West Ham.

The loan move means Henderson would not be eligible to play against Manchester United, and it also rules out a loan for James Garner to the club – with a Premier League rule meaning clubs cannot loan two players from the same side.

Henderson remains under long-term contract at United which runs to 2025. Forest are expected to pay a percentage of his wages.

David de Gea’s contract is a shorter length, running only until 2023, and while United have an opportunity to extend it to 2024, the club could simply release him next summer, if Erik ten Hag feels it is for the best.

Henderson would then remain on United’s books and become an option, and he will fancy his chances of succeeding at Nottingham Forest.

He performed strongly on loan for Sheffield United in the Premier League, and the loan move would signify that Henderson has not given up on making it at Old Trafford.

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Speaking to the club’s website in April, Henderson said: “I believe I can have an unbelievable relationship with the Manchester United fans, but until that day comes, I’ll keep working hard in the background. One day, I’ll build that rapport with them and kick on.”

The short-term goal of making the World Cup squad means Henderson must take decisive action now, to leave, after a wasted 2021/22 when he played just three matches.

The pace of this deal is picking up. There was a case to sell Henderson permanently and gain some quick cash now, but if United and the goalkeeper himself believe there might be a future at the club one day, then the loan just kicks that decision further down the line, and keeps it in play.

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