Nottingham Forest are keen to make Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson’s loan deal permanent at the end of the season.
According to The Telegraph, Henderson is one of Forest’s top transfer targets this summer.
Their hopes of making him a permanent squad member were significantly boosted when he rejected Erik ten Hag’s offer to return to Old Trafford in January.
Steve Cooper believes Henderson to be a key part of Forest’s line-up, having started 18 of the 21 Premier League games.
The 25-year-old is currently nursing a thigh injury, which will keep him on the sidelines for at least another four weeks.
Cooper identified the need for a quality goalkeeper in his absence, forcing Forest to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalie Keylor Navas until the end of the season.
Dean Henderson has his sights set on the first-choice goalkeeping slot
It is no secret that the United academy graduate does not want to play second fiddle in any squad.
He wants to start every game, which cannot happen until United move on from David de Gea.
The Spain international was in terrific form last season, which helped him receive Ten Hag’s backing.
He has repaid the manager’s faith by showing vast improvement in ball distribution.
De Gea is currently negotiating a contract extension with United, which he believes will end positively.
If he does sign a new contract, he will remain the undisputed starter next season.
Henderson would not be comfortable spending his prime years on the bench and will demand an exit.
The shot-stopper is currently valued at €22 million (by Transfermarkt). However, the Red Devils could demand a higher fee considering how pivotal a target he would be for Forest.
With his United contract set to expire in 2025, the Red Devils should cash in and use the funds to strengthen other positions.