Nottingham Forest are set to bolster their goalkeeping ranks with the signing of Wayne Hennessey, according to John Percy.
The Reds will complete a deal to sign the Burnley stopper soon and the fee is unlikely to be much.
Vincent Kompany is reshaping his own goalkeeping department. Ex-Forest loanee Aro Muric is thought to be on his radar.
They’ve lost Nick Pope this summer who has joined Newcastle. Hennessey, however, isn’t part of the Turf Moor plans going forward.
Forest couldn’t really be getting themselves a better number two. The 35-year-old has vast experience and is still number one for Wales.
The goalkeeper recently played a huge part in his country qualifying for the World Cup.
In the play-off final against Ukraine, he made no fewer than nine saves to send Wales to the final stages of the tournament for the first time since 1958.
Hennessey has been with Burnley for one season, making three appearances as they suffered relegation to the Championship.
He’s also played for Crystal Palace, Wolves, Stockport and Yeovil during his career.
Hennessey will provide sound competition for Dean Henderson who signed for Forest from Manchester United yesterday.
He’s expected to sign for a small fee given that he’s still got some time to run on his existing deal.
Hennessey set for Forest deal and he’s the ideal signing
With Henderson now in place and Ethan Horvath having joined Luton, the Reds do need some competition.
Likewise, Brice Samba is set to leave the club. The Reds are close to agreeing on a deal with Lens for the 27-year-old and it’s all change on Trentside.
Hennessey is a very shrewd operator. He is a superb shot-stopper, commands his box well and perhaps crucially he uses his feet well.
Interestingly, this deal could be one that’s 12 months in the making from a Forest perspective.
This time last year, Chris Hughton was trying to strengthen his goalkeeping ranks and looked into the possibility of adding Hennessey to the ranks.
Rumour rating: 9/10 – As far as a backup goalkeeper goes, you really couldn’t ask for much better.
Hennessey won’t be particularly bothered about playing as a second-choice stopper, whilst he’s good enough to keep Henderson on his toes.
Forest have moved quickly to add experienced backup and the Welshman could be a sound signning.