The lowdown: Doubling down
The Reds have already completed the capture of Dean Henderson on loan from Manchester United for the 2022/23 campaign, but they could now be looking to further bolster the goalkeeping department at the City Ground.
Amidst increasing doubts over play-off hero Brice Samba’s future and the departure of American stopper Ethan Hovarth on a season-long loan to Luton Town, Steve Cooper is seemingly desperate to strengthen the options available to him as Forest’s last line of defence.
A fresh report has now suggested that the Welsh manager has done just that with the signing of a compatriot…
The latest: Deal agreed
As per Football Insider, Forest have ‘agreed a deal’ to sign 35-year-old stopper Hennessey this summer.
It is claimed that a ‘Forest source’ has informed the outlet that the club has ‘secured a full agreement’ to bring the 103-cap Wales veteran to the City Ground.
The report added that the Welshman – who was lauded by commentator Ian Darke for his ‘exceptional’ recent heroics whilst on international duty, earning a standout 9.30 Sofascore rating in making nine saves against Ukraine – is now ‘set to join on a permanent deal’ in the coming days.
Will Hennessey be a good signing by Forest?
The verdict: Why not…
This is very much a transfer in the no-risk bracket for Forest, with Henderson almost certain to take over the number one role from Samba, Hennessey will provide a vastly experienced and, judging by his recent international exploits, high-quality backup option.
Valued at just £450,000 and into the final 12 months of a contract at Burnley (Transfermarkt), the fee required to land the 6 foot 6 goalkeeper is likely to be minimal, and therefore it should still leave plenty in the bank for Cooper to pursue other targets.
With the manager seemingly unsure about the capability of Jordan Smith as Henderson’s understudy, the signing former Crystal Palace stopper Hennessey, who has 183 Premier League appearances, appears a no-brainer for City Ground transfer chiefs.
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