Manchester United and England goalkeeper Dean Henderson has completed his season-long loan switch to Nottingham Forest.
The 25-year-old battled to get ahead of David de Gea as United’s No.1 during the 2020-21 campaign. However, normal service resumed last season as the Spaniard played in all 38 Premier League games.
Henderson wasn’t helped, however, after contracting Covid-19 in pre-season which saw his first-team hopes suffer. He eventually played just three games for the Red Devils, all in the cup competitions.
The Three Lions stopper now heads to a Forest side who are back in the top flight. Steve Cooper’s men booked their spot via the Championship play-offs.
Henderson enjoyed previous loan spells at Sheffield United in 2018 and 2020. However, he cannot, under league rules, play against United in the upcoming campaign.
It’s also understood that United have decided against adding an option to buy for Forest.
The City Ground outfit will, however, cover Henderson’s salary throughout the duration of the loan.
Speaking about the deal, Henderson told Forest’s official site: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining such a fantastic club with an amazing set of fans and a wonderful history.
We are delighted to announce the loan signing of Manchester United and England goalkeeper Dean Henderson. ✍️
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) July 2, 2022
“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.”
Samba set for Ligue 1 switch
Forest will now offload long-term No.1 Brice Samba, with an exit close.
Samba has made 130 appearances for the East Midlands club since signing from Caen in August 2019. He played a big role in helping the club gain promotion back to the Premier League.
The stopper kept 14 clean sheets in 40 matches during the regular Championship season. Then he pulled off a penalty shoot-out masterclass in the play-off semi-final second leg to help Forest reach Wembley.
Another clean sheet followed, this time in the final against Huddersfield Town, as the Reds ended their long wait for top-flight football.
Samba is a favourite among Forest supporters. However, he shocked the club by reportedly revealing his desire to leave earlier this month.
According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, Samba feels let down by the club. This is because they took too long to offer him a new deal.
Sport Witness, who cite French newspaper L’Equipe, claim the Congo-born Samba is close to linking up with Lens.