Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper close to signing new contract

Steve Cooper is close to signing a new contract with Nottingham Forest, in a huge boost for the Premier League club.

Cooper has flown out to Athens for talks with owner Evangelos Marinakis over Forest’s transfer plans and negotiations are also expected to advance over an improved long-term deal.

The 42-year-old masterminded a remarkable turnaround at the City Ground last season, taking over a club bottom of the Championship in September and leading them to promotion via the play-off final.

He has just over a year left on his existing contract but Forest are moving to reward the Welshman with improved terms to reflect his vast importance to the club.

Cooper is also relishing the prospect of leading forest into a new era and is determined to build on the club’s progress.

After last month’s victory over Huddersfield, Cooper outlined his ambitions for the future as Forest prepares for their first season in the top-flight since 1999.

He said: “The players deserve the opportunity to be in the Premier League and there’s no doubt we deserve to get promoted.

“I’m really proud of the football club and we’ve reminded the world how big and how special this club is.

“We’ve been desperate for something like this and over the past eight or nine months. We’ve built a really strong connection with the supporters.”

Forest are closing in on the capture of Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, with a deal understood to be a straight loan for the season.

Henderson, 25, has been given the green light to leave Old Trafford and his arrival at Forest is set to trigger the departure of No 1 goalkeeper Brice Samba.

Lens are targeting Samba, who was Forest’s hero in the play-off semi-final second leg against Sheffield United, and Henderson will come in as Cooper’s first-choice.


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