Nottingham Forest have announced the capture of goalkeeper Matt Turner from Arsenal, and if a delay is overcome, a Manchester United star could join him at the City Ground.
Steve Cooper’s side were in the market for two new additions at goalkeeper. Indeed, both of their frontline stoppers last season – Dean Henderson and Keylor Navas – were only at the club on loan.
Forest initially attempted to re-sign Henderson to a permanent deal, though when little progress was made, turned their attention to Matt Turner.
Turner said upon completing the move: “It feels great to be here. It’s something I’m really looking forward to, it’s a great challenge and a great step in my career.
“When I heard that there was interest to bring me here, it just felt right for my family, it felt right when my agent spoke to me about it and it feels like the right move for me right now.
“The manager and the backroom staff, everything about the club has a little sparkle to it. It’s felt right from the start and I’m happy it’s got done.”
“I’m looking forward to making a connection with my teammates, the fans and the city. I’m grateful to be here and can’t wait to get things started.”
Man Utd star to follow?
According to the Sun, the transfer fee is £10m (£7m plus £3m in add-ons). But per the same outlet, a move for Man Utd’s Henderson is not out of the question.
Indeed, explaining why talks have thus far gone nowhere, the newspaper stated Henderson’s ongoing recovery from thigh surgery is causing the deal to stall.
Man Utd do not want to run the risk of Henderson re-aggravating the thigh issue if put through his paces in a medical.
As such, the Sun concluded Forest and Man Utd are happy to put the deal on hold for the time being and re-ignite the move later this month.
At that stage, Henderson’s recovery will hopefully be advanced enough to make a medical risk-free.
Among Henderson’s ambitions for the near future is forcing his way into England’s Euro 2024 squad.
To do so, he’ll need to play regularly and he’ll stand a better chance of achieving that aim at Forest, not Man Utd.