Henderson's £20m Nottingham Forest move held up after Man United talks

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

1st Aug, 2023 | 4:00pm

Dean Henderson: £20m Nottingham Forest move held up after Man United talks

Dean Henderson’s Nottingham Forest move is still in jeopardy with injury the reason for the latest hold-up, sources have told Football Insider.

However, it is believed the 26-year-old remains the priority for Steve Cooper’s side in what has been a quiet transfer window for Forest so far.

Discussions with Man United are ongoing over an initial £15million fee, which could rise to around £20million after add-ons are realised.

United are also pushing to include a sell-on clause in any potential permanent switch.

Nottingham Forest quickly moved to make Henderson their number-one goalkeeping target after his successful loan spell at the City Ground last season.

He was the first-choice shot-stopper before an injury curtailed his season and forced Forest to add Paris Saint-Germain star Keylor Navas on another loan deal.

The England international kept six clean sheets in 20 games before suffering a thigh injury in January – and underwent surgery later in the 2022-23 campaign.

Henderson was originally targetting a return in pre-season but is yet to feature in Man United’s warm-up games with less than two weeks to go until the new season starts.

His Man United contract, which nets him a reported £100,000-a-week, is set to expire in June 2025.

The Red Devils were initially reluctant to release Henderson due to the exit of David de Gea – but their goalkeeping situation has since been rectified with the signing of Andre Onana.

Nottingham Forest currently only have Wayne Hennessey and Ethan Horvath on the books at the City Ground.

They face Arsenal in their first Premier League game on 12 August.

In other news, Nottingham Forest open centre-back talks.