Dean Henderson has been enjoying his loan spell at Nottingham Forest in the Premier League this season, rediscovering what it feels like to be the first choice goalkeeper.
The shot-stopper joined the Tricky Trees in the summer on loan from Manchester United and he was quick to slam his employers for giving him false promises of being the number one goalkeeper at Old Trafford, significantly affecting his relationship with the fan base.
Henderson has kept six clean sheets in the Premier League this term and has pulled off some incredible saves as the club’s objective this year has been to maintain their top-flight status. He has been out of action since January with a thigh problem which led to Forest bringing in experienced player Keylor Navas to take his place in his absence.
Manchester United are up next for Forest at the City Ground on Sunday and while Steve Cooper confirmed Henderson would be back in training this week, he is ineligible to face his parent club.
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With Manchester United undergoing a transformation on the pitch to get the club back on track to contest for Premier League titles and success in the Champions League, there is a good chance that they will look to cash in on Henderson in the summer.
He will return to Manchester in the summer and will have two years remaining on his contract which will allow the Red Devils to command a substantial fee from potential suitors. Henderson has seemingly severed all ties with the club for his comments across the season and you would imagine that there is no way back for him at United now.
At 26, he has still got a lot of years ahead of him and he has proven to be a dependable goalkeeper over the years, particularly with Forest and Sheffield United. There are certainly going to be a number of clubs tracking him for a potential move in the summer, one of which is reportedly Aston Villa, who could be in for a new goalkeeper if World Cup-winner Emiliano Martinez were to leave Villa Park at the end of the season.
Other clubs that could be interested in strengthening their ranks are Leicester City, who have struggled with Danny Ward as the number one option this year, and West Ham United, with Lukasz Fabianski now aged 37. Then there is always the case of the teams that come up from the Championship that are looking to equip themselves for the step up to the top flight in a bid to secure their place as a Premier League club.
Henderson has the experience to become a top target for many clubs in the summer and depending on how much United are willing to sell him for, there could be a scramble for his signature.