Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper is keen to tie up a quick deal to sign Dean Henderson from Manchester United. A report has also claimed what the boss doesn’t want to do this summer.
Forest can start to plan for the summer now. The Reds have kept their top-flight status intact after defeating Arsenal 1-0 at the City Ground on Saturday.
Henderson is a top target of Cooper’s, according to The Sun, with the boss a huge fan of the goalkeeper. His time at United is certain to be over and they’re asking for around £30 million for his services.
Cooper is keen to avoid a repeat of last summer though. Although several new signings were made, several of them weren’t added until after the season had got underway and the boss doesn’t want deja vu in that sense.
Henderson would be a very smart signing for Forest. He’s clearly enjoyed his time at Forest and after his season-ending injury against Leicester in January he’s chosen to stay at the City Ground for his rehabilitation.
Last summer, the Reds targeted Henderson. Brice Samba had made it clear that he wished to return to France and that left Forest needing to act pretty quickly.
The goalkeeper earned an England call-up during his time at the club. In 20 appearances for Forest, he kept six clean sheets, with no other stopper outside of the top six keeping as many during that time.
Report explains what Cooper doesn’t want Forest to do this summer as Henderson is eyed
Henderson would be a great signing to kick off this summer at Forest and Cooper is dead right with the other element of this report.
The player wouldn’t really come cheap. At £30 million and on £110,000-a-week, it’d be the sort of deal that offers Forest a reminder of how much players can cost at this level.
Forest must ensure they go into next season better prepared. Last season when Forest played Newcastle away they quite simply weren’t ready for the Premier League.
This time things should be different though. Forest now have the nucleus of a decent squad and quality over quantity should be the order of the day.
Henderson would be a superb addition to the ranks. With other clubs likely to snoop around, Forest would be very wise to get him signed as quickly as possible.