Nottingham Forest have agreed a deal for Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner.

Talks have been ongoing between the two clubs for the last couple of days, with David Ornstein confirming the USMNT international is set to undergo a medical later today.

29-year-old Turner is one of multiple ‘keepers targeted by Steve Cooper’s side to fill the void left by loanees Keylor Navas and Dean Henderson.

However, the deal for the former New England Revolution shot-stopper doesn’t rule out a move for Henderson.

Forest are still confident about bringing the Manchester United ‘keeper back to the City Ground, with daily discussions being held over a potential loan with a permanent clause included based on appearances.

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Is Matt Turner a good addition?

Whilst Henderson remains the preference for most Forest fans, Turner is a solid option to have as a No 1 or even No 2.

Turner is good with the ball at his feet, useful to Cooper’s side, who like to play out from the back.

He’s a 6ft 3in goalkeeper who has played for the US Men’s National team 32 times since his debut in 2021, featuring at tournaments such as CONCACAF Gold Cup and the World Cup in Qatar.

Although the American hasn’t featured for Mikel Arteta’s side in the Premier League, he featured heavily in their Europa League campaign last season as the Gunners reached the quarter-finals.

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Reds ‘keeper Wayne Hennessey is yet to feature this pre-season, with Ethan Horvath being linked away, it could leave youngster George Shelvey as the only option ahead of the trip to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

Forest’s goalkeeping department needs urgent attention and the signing of Turner only bolsters it.

With the fee expected to be in the region of £7-10 million, it is a good deal for Cooper’s side as they’re gaining an experienced shot-stopper, whilst clearing the way for David Raya to join Arteta’s side.

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