Exclusive: Nottingham Forest player arrives at Championship rivals ahead of potential transfer

EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Stephen Henderson is training with Bristol City as he looks to win a move to Ashton Gate, Football Insider sources understands.

Henderson has arrived at City ahead of a potential last-gasp transfer as he does not figure in Aitor Karanka’s plans at the City Ground.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Bristol City boss Lee Johnson is now preparing to offer Henderson a return to Ashton Gate as he looks to add to his goalkeeping options.

The Irishman has dropped well down the pecking order at Forest following the summer arrivals of Costel Pantilimon and Luke Steele to bolster their goalkeeping ranks at the City Ground.

30-year-old Henderson spent the second half of last season on loan at Portsmouth in League One after following the arrival of Karanka as manager.

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The former Aston Villa and West Ham shot-stopper has seen his time at Forest held up by injuries, but he is now back to full fitness.

Henderson previously had a four-year spell at Bristol City between 2007-2011, but he spent most of his time at Ashton Gate out on loan before leaving to join Portmsouth on a permanent basis.

In other Forest news, a winner has been named in the club’s last-gasp attempt to sign a defender after Karanka approach.