Nottingham Forest are edging ever closer to the signing of Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, according to Sky reporter Florian Plettenberg.

The paperwork is being prepared and it would seem as though there will be an option for Forest to buy the 25-year-old next summer.

Henderson is one of England’s brightest goalkeeping talents and he’s desperate to play regular first-team football.

With Brice Samba set to leave Forest, the club has been backed into a corner.

Forest edge closer to Henderson
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A goalkeeper might not have been high on Steve Cooper’s list of priorities but with Samba wanting to leave they’ve been left with no choice.

Nick Pope was linked earlier this month but the Reds have moved to make Henderson their number one priority.

The former Sheffield United man was the deputy to David de Gea last season but made just three appearances.

His two-year loan spell with the Blades was where he truly started to showcase his undoubted talent.

He helped the club win promotion to the Premier League and kept 35 clean sheets in 86 games during his time at Bramall Lane.

Henderson is keen to be playing regularly with the World Cup on the horizon in November.

He was named in the Euro 2020 squad but was forced to pull out through injury at the eleventh hour.

Forest edge closer to Henderson deal and Cooper is set to pull off a coup

This will be a remarkable coup for Forest. Nothing against Samba but Henderson is a formidable goalkeeper on his day.

At 25 he has bags of potential to unleash yet he’s actually vastly experienced despite his tender years.

Forest edge closer to Henderson
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Henderson has played 29 times for United and some of their supporters will be disappointed he’s departing.

Including an option to buy is the most pleasing aspect of this deal from a Forest perspective.

The Reds have taken their eye off the ball with regards to such clauses in deals in recent memory and they must learn from their mistakes.

A fee of £20 million could prove an absolute steal and Forest look set to pull off a major coup.

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