July 15, 2024

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Nottingham Forest on transfer alert as Man Utd make Dean Henderson and Anthony Elanga decisions

The latest Nottingham Forest transfer news from NottinghamshireLive as the Reds look to add to Steve Cooper’s squad

The transfer links between Man United and Nottingham Forest have been extensively covered in the last weeks and months, with Forest known to be keen on bringing Dean Henderson back to the City Ground.

However, they haven’t been solely based around the Reds’ attempts to negotiate either a permanent or loan deal for the goalkeeper who made such a positive impression in the first half of last season. Forest are also claimed to be keen on Anthony Elanga, the young attacker who is finding first team opportunities hard to come by at Old Trafford.

Anthony Elanga of Manchester United

And so it proved last night as neither Henderson nor Elanga were involved in last night’s pre-season match with Arsenal, although both have been included in the 31-strong touring party that has gone to the United States. Of course both could feature against Real Madrid on Thursday, or potentially even in what is likely to be an academy squad that faces Wrexham in San Diego the day before.

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But it is also possible the pair could be being held back so as not to jeopardise moves away from the Red Devils. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says Forest now want to sign Henderson on loan again, although other reports suggest they are having second thoughts. Tom Heaton started against the Gunners last night, while Andre Onana has just joined United in a big money move from Inter.

Double deal! Man Utd pair Dean Henderson and Anthony Elanga in talks with  Nottingham Forest | Goal.com India

A deal for Elanga seems further down the line and is he set to join Forest after a £15million fee was agreed with Manchester United. He will become the second signing of the summer following the arrival of free agent Ola Aina on Saturday.

The Nigeria international is the Reds’ first new signing of the summer transfer window. He has put pen to paper on a one-year deal at the City Ground, with options for the future also agreed in the contract. The 26-year-old was most recently with Torino, where he spent five years and made more than 100 appearances. Having come up through the ranks at Chelsea, he has also had loan spells at Hull City and Fulham during his career.

Boss Steve Cooper said: ““He’s a really good player, but a good athlete as well. He’ll definitely make the team stronger and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

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