Nottingham Forest are reportedly ready to splash £30m on Cumbrian goalkeeper Dean Henderson this summer.

The Whitehaven star has been on loan from Manchester United at the City Ground this season.

And after sealing Premier League survival, Forest have been linked with a permanent deal for the 26-year-old.

Reports in outlets such as The Sun say Forest boss Steve Cooper wants Henderson on board as his No1 for the 2023/24 season.

A big-money deal would be of considerable interest to Carlisle United, who stand to benefit through a sell-on clause following the keeper’s move from the Blues’ academy to Man Utd in 2011.

Henderson is currently sidelined having undergone surgery following a thigh injury that has kept him out since January.

But the Cumbrian has pledged to be back for pre-season. He has remained with the Forest squad and was in the dressing room on crutches as Cooper's side celebrated survival after Saturday's 1-0 win over Arsenal.

He has two years left on his Old Trafford deal but is likely to favour first-team football rather than spend more time behind David de Gea at Man Utd.

Henderson has also been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa in recent months.

The keeper made 20 appearances for Forest this season and also earned an England squad recall last year.