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Dean Henderson could join Nottingham Forest on a straight loan deal

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson could join Nottingham Forest on a loan deal without an option to buy, reputed journalist Fabrizio Romano claims.

The England international has been fancied to pursue a fresh challenge this summer, having played second fiddle to David de Gea in goal over the past two campaigns.

It was recently reported that Forest were aiming to sign the 25-year-old on loan with a £20 million buy option, but the Red Devils have not agreed on the clause value.

Hence, the clause could be removed altogether, as per Romano. It appears more likely that the United graduate will join Forest on a simple loan agreement.

Our view:

Henderson was a regular starter for United in the Premier League during the final months of the 2020/21 season. It was predicted that he could displace De Gea permanently.

However, that was not the case. De Gea started last season as the undisputed shot-stopper and his exceptional form between the sticks meant that Henderson barely got the chance to impress.

The Spaniard’s position had come under scrutiny in recent years, but he was immense for United last term, making countless number of saves that contributed to the club winning points.

Owing to this, De Gea should start as the number one next term, but manager Erik ten Hag may have plans of promoting Henderson as the first-choice in future if the Spaniard struggles under him.

De Gea’s distribution has been questionable over the years, and he may need to make a drastic improvement next term as the Dutch tactician prefers to play out from the back with regularity.

A straight loan for Henderson could open the door for him to become United’s future number one. The temporary stint could also be beneficial in making a late push for the England World Cup squad.

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