Nottingham Forest have made their first two signings of the summer in goalkeeper Dean Henderson and forward Taiwo Awoniyi as they prepare for their first Premier League campaign in 23 years.
Henderson joins on a season-long loan from Manchester United while Awoniyi joins the Tricky Trees in a club-record £17 million deal from Union Berlin.
Both players look to be shrewd additions for Steve Cooper’s side as the historic club returns to the top-flight in the hope of checking in for a long-term stay. Following the news that play-off semi-final hero Brice Samba wasn’t going to sign a new deal at the City Ground, Forest have acted swiftly to bring in a capable shot-stopper in Henderson.
The 25-year-old arrives with a point to prove after his career has stagnated at Old Trafford as he has struggled to depose David de Gea from the starting lineup.
It is a move that will be beneficial for both parties and Henderson has gained Premier League experience with United and also Sheffield United in the 2019-20 season.
Nigerian winger Awoniyi is certainly a signing that catches the eye. The 24-year-old scored 15 Bundesliga goals in 31 appearances last term, providing two assists. He brings pace and skill which is exactly what Cooper looks for in his attacking players and he has certainly added some quality and depth to his ranks with the former Liverpool man.
Awoniyi has been at Union Berlin for the last two seasons, joining the side permanently last summer after having seven loan spells away from Anfield before finding a new home in the German capital. Across his career he has played across the front three before finding his rhythm through the middle last year.
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