Nottingham Forest would like to sign Matt Turner during the transfer window but his price tag is thought to be reasonably high. The Reds are eyeing other goalkeepers as they continue to face frustration over Dean Henderson.
According to David Ornstein from The Athletic, the talks are ongoing between Forest and Arsenal, with Turner on the club’s shortlist. The 29-year-old has been with the Gunners since July 2022 when he checked in for £5 million.
Forest are in desperate need of a goalkeeper before the season starts. Ethan Horvath is the only senior custodian in the ranks, with George Shelvey providing the backup during pre-season.
Turner has made seven appearances for Arsenal but regular first-team football is likely to be something he would consider. Although Forest still hope to sign Dean Henderson, it’s not certain that he will be fit to start the season.
As a result, Forest are targeting two goalkeepers this summer. Jose Sa is another stopper who has been linked, but it’s very unlikely that Wolves will sell the goalkeeper without first signing a replacement.
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Mikel Arteta has raved about Turner during his time at Arsenal. He’s called him ‘phenomenal’ before, with the stopper playing particularly well during a game against Bodo/Glimt last season.
It’s thought that Turner won’t come cheap though. Further reports this morning believe Arsenal could ask for around £18 million in order to sign Turner and that would surely deter Forest.
Forest fancy Turner but the price seems steep
The Reds would be wise to step up their efforts to sign another goalkeeper. They simply can’t rely on their current options, with Horvath and Shelvey both untried in the Premier League.
Turner does have some experience with Arsenal to his name. He’s also collected 32 caps for the United States and is currently considered as captain of his country.
However, this price seems excessive. It would see Arsenal make a £13 million profit on a goalkeeper who has played only a handful of games and who is 29-years-old.
Turner is a good goalkeeper but what Forest have to weigh up is whether or not he’s that good. The Reds definitely need a goalkeeper but they must also watch what they’re spending too.
Horvath played last night as the Reds lost to PSV. He’s a steady goalkeeper, to say the least, but Forest clearly don’t fancy him to keep goal for them in the Premier League.
Turner does look set to leave Arsenal this summer. The Gunners are keen to sign David Raya from Brentford and perhaps if they get that deal done, they would consider lowering their demands for Turner.