Forest ‘agree Dean Henderson loan’ – but deal rules out second Man Utd move

Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest have reportedly agreed a loan move for out-of-favour Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

But the temporary switch means the East Midlands club will be unable to sign James Garner for a second season at The City Ground. Facing a first season in the top-flight since the 1998/98 campaign, Steve Cooper is in the market for a new number one after seeing cult hero Brice Samba snub a new contract.

The Congolese shot-stopper saved three penalties in the Championship play-off semi-final but has opted to reject Forest's offer to stay by the River Trent. Instead, it looks likely Samba will head to Ligue 1 outfit Lens.

According to the Daily Mail, Forest have moved quickly to secure the services of Dean Henderson, who is keen to leave Old Trafford in pursuit of regular first-team football. Former boss Chris Wilder – who took him on loan at Sheffield United in 2019/20 – had tried to persuade him to join Middlesbrough in the Championship, but the England international was unwilling to drop down to the second tier.

Unable to dislodge starting 'keeper David de Gea at United, Henderson's loan switch to Nottingham is said to include a £20million option to buy at the end of the season. The 25-year-old made just three cup appearances for the Red Devils last season.

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However, Henderson's switch has effectively ruled out the chances of former loan star James Garner re-joining Forest for the upcoming campaign. Premier League clubs are not allowed to sign more than one player on loan from the same club at a time, meaning Garner would have to join Forest on a permanent basis.

United though are keen to assess Garner's ability in the top-flight via a loan spell. The 21-year-old will be given an opportunity to impress new manager Erik ten Hag in pre-season before being made available to Premier League clubs on a season-long deal.

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