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Dean Henderson could prove Newcastle made a mistake in season opener against Forest

Once upon a time, it looked like Newcastle could start the 2022/23 Premier League season with Dean Henderson in goal.

The Magpies face Nottingham Forest in the opening game of the season, and there’s a chance the 25-year-old could be at St James’ Park.

However, it looks like he’ll be in Steve Cooper’s starting XI instead of Eddie Howe’s.

Dean Henderson close to joining Nottingham Forest

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It was first reported on Wednesday that the Manchester United goalkeeper is a target for Forest. Now it looks like a deal could happen.

Sky Sports report that the Reds are close to agreeing a deal. He would initially join them on club with a view to a £20million permanent move.

It would be a great signing for Forest, who are set to appear in the Premier League for the first time since 1999. Their first top flight test will come against Newcastle, in a game that could hold even more importance for Henderson.

He can immediately prove Newcastle wrong

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Earlier in the summer, Newcastle were heavily linked with signing Henderson. It was reported that a deal was close and that he was keen on a move to St James’ Park.

However, the Magpies eventually distanced themselves from the stopper, with Dan Ashworth directing the search for a new goalkeeper elsewhere. We’ve since been linked with Burnley’s Nick Pope.

A possible deal for Henderson was certainly exciting, as he could have been a long-term number one at St James’ Park.

But that transfer won’t be happening, and he looks set to head to the City Ground in search of first-team football.

If he does sign, his competitive debut would likely come against Newcastle on August 6th. He’ll have a point to prove, and it would be somewhat ironic if his heroics cost Howe an opening day victory.

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