Dean Henderson will be spoilt for choice when his contract at Manchester United expires at the end of the current campaign.
The Mirror reports that as many of 14 clubs are targeting the young goalkeeper, who was back up to Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman as England won the Under-20 World Cup this summer.
Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Watford, Stoke, West Brom and Southampton are all hoping to take advantage of Henderson’s precarious contract situation at the Red Devils while Championship trio Wolves, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa are also in the race.
European trio Olympiakos, Benfica and Udinese also can’t be discounted.
Henderson hasn’t made his senior bow for United but has shone on loan at Shrewsbury Town in League One. The Shrews are two points clear at the top of the table after 12 games played and Henderson has kept clean sheets in half of his league outings.
And if the 20-year-old would prefer to play in the Football League again next season, one club out of three stands out as the best option available to him.
Choice of three?
Nottingham Forest have made no secret of their desire to land a new goalkeeper to compete with a talented youngster of their own, 22-year-old Jordan Smith. After failing to lure the likes of Frederik Ronnow, David Button and Adam Bogdan, Forest thought they had finally struck gold with Adam Federici.
However, before he had even made his debut, the on-loan Australian was forced to return to parent club after suffering a serious injury. Therefore, a Forest side renowned for giving youth a chance could be the perfect environment for Henderson to make his name.
More so than Midlands rivals Villa and Wolves anyway. Villa have a United prospect between the sticks already in Sam Johnstone, arguably the best goalkeeper outside the Premier League.
And though the 24-year-old’s loan deal expires at the end of the season, manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that he wants Johnstone to stay permanently, per the Express and Star.
Wolves, meanwhile, already boast the reliable John Ruddy and talent youngsters Will Norris and Harry Burgoyne.
Forest, therefore, may give Henderson the best chance of first-team football.