Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner has now returned to training with the Gunners after being linked with Nottingham Forest. The Reds are desperate for a goalkeeper and are turning to the American.
Turner was given an extended leave of absence by Arsenal. He spent a month playing for the USA at the Gold Cup but now he’s back and he could soon be heading to the City Ground.
Forest have been courting Dean Henderson all summer. However, Manchester United are playing hardball and things have stalled in recent weeks.
Furthermore, the 26-year-old who was on loan at Forest last season is injured right now. It’s expected that he could be out until September and that doesn’t help the Reds.
Turner hasn’t played a great deal for the Gunners. He’s made just seven appearances for them since arriving at the club from the New England Revolution in 2022.
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has raved about him before though. He called him ‘phenomenal’ after he helped the Gunners defeat Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League last season.
Now, Turner has been spotted back in training with Arsenal ahead of the new season. Arteta is close to adding David Raya to his ranks, however, which will shunt the USA captain down the pecking order.
Forest target Turner now back in training with Arsenal
After his extended break, Turner is now back in action. He will be hoping to get fit as quickly as possible and next season the 29-year-old must have a desire to play regular football.
Forest could definitely offer him that. Ethan Horvath is the only senior goalkeeper at the club and quite simply he doesn’t have the required quality for the Premier League.
Turner is a proven international goalkeeper and he’d perhaps represent a useful signing for the Reds. Forest are thought to be targeting two stoppers before the transfer window closes.
It’s not clear at this stage how much Arsenal want to recoup for Turner. He only earns £39,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium and that sort of salary is unlikely to deter Forest.
One way or another, Forest need a goalkeeper sharpish. The Reds are getting pretty desperate with the new season just over a week away and some movement needs to happen soon.