Dean Henderson will reportedly join Nottingham Forest for next season, however, will not be leaving Manchester United permanently.
Henderson has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford. The England international failed to make a single Premier League appearance throughout last season, with David De Gea starting all 38 games. Now, Henderson will look to cement his place as number one with Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest.
According to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano, a deal has already been agreed for Henderson to join up with Forest for the 2022/23 campaign.
However, the deal cannot be made permanent after it expires at the end of the season. After negotiations between both clubs and the player, a buy-out option was not included in the deal.
Prior reports suggested that a clause would be included for Forest to sign Henderson permanently for £20m at the end of the season. However, it seems United have gone back on this option, instead opting for Henderson to rejoin the club next summer.
Forest have been favourites to land the shot-stopper throughout the window so far. Their first-choice ‘keeper for last season, Brice Samba, has been facing uncertainty over his future with the club.
Samba started 43 out of 46 Championship games last season, claiming 15 clean sheets in that spell.
The club also finished with the second-best defensive record in the division, conceding just 40 goals all campaign.
Now, Samba’s future seems even more uncertain with the announcement of Henderson expected imminently.
Upon his arrival at the City Ground, he will be expecting to claim the starting role.
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Despite failing to make a Premier League start last season, the 25-year-old still has plenty of top flight experience.
During the 2019/20 campaign, he made 36 league appearances for Sheffield United as they finished ninth. He was hailed as one of the star performers that season, and was expected to move onto United’s first choice in the near future.
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However, the revival of form from De Gea has changed things. Now, it is clear the club believe De Gea is the right man between the sticks.
The no buy-out clause does suggest the Red Devils want to keep Henderson in their future plans. De Gea is now aged 31, and has gone through inconsistent spells during his time in England.
Regardless of the future, Henderson must now impress his Man Utd coaches during his time at Forest. Cementing the number one role as well as helping them steer clear of relegation will go a long way to achieving that goal.