Nottingham Forest have opened talks over move for Dean Henderson, says Romano

Nottingham Forest have started to open talks over the prospect of signing Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano says that the newly-promoted Premier League club are now in negotiations over the stopper.

They are eyeing a loan-to-buy deal ahead of their return to the big-time and Henderson has recent experience of shining with a loan club in that situation.

He shone on loan with Sheffield United during the 2019/20 campaign, showing enough for United to bring him back for the next two seasons.

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Forest open Henderson talks

Last season, he suffered some stagnation, with David de Gea reclaiming the number one shirt and getting back to his very best form.

That means Henderson is considering an exit, with Romano saying that the offer is one that he is pondering.

He has also lost his spot in the England squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup, with Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, Sam Johnstone and Nick Pope ahead of him in the pecking order.

The eventual fee for Henderson could reach £20 million, with Forest swooping in after interest from Newcastle faded away.

Forest open Henderson talks

If there is to be a potential option to buy Henderson, you would imagine he would insist it depends on Forest’s survival in the Premier League.

Neither Forest or Henderson would want a £20 million deal done if they drop back into the second tier at the first time of asking.

Henderson has never made any secret of his ambition to be United’s long term number one goalkeeper, and giving Forest an option to buy would be significant.

It would mean he is stepping away from that, although perhaps United would insert a buyback clause for a goalkeeper who probably does have the talent to go all the way at Old Trafford but has found himself stuck behind a resurgent de Gea.

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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.