Nottingham Forest hope to see Darius Henderson – and Dexter Blackstock – sign deals today
NOTTINGHAM Forest hope to complete the signing of striker Darius Henderson within the next 24 hours.
And Dexter Blackstock could also put pen to paper on a new deal today.
Reds boss Alex McLeish hopes to bolster his front line with 31-year-old Henderson, who Millwall are willing to release on a free transfer.
Henderson, who has netted seven goals this season, is one of the higher earners at the New Den – and is also out of contract in the summer.
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Lions boss Kenny Jackett signed former Red Nathan Tyson on loan from Derby last week and, while Tyson has already collected an injury, he is willing to let Henderson move to the City Ground.
It is likely the former Reading, Gillingham, Watford and Sheffield United player would sign a short-term deal, possibly until the end of the season, with a view to securing a longer contact if he impresses.
He is likely to have a medical in Nottingham today.
Henderson, who is facing charges of grievous bodily harm without intent at St Albans Crown Court on March 5, could line up against Watford this weekend, if he recovers from a minor foot problem.
Henderson, a hard-working, strong, physical forward, has scored 110 goals in 271 starts and 120 sub appearances during spells with seven clubs.
In the meantime, Forest's interest in Marcos Alonso may be short-lived, with the Bolton defender close to agreeing a move to Fiorentina.
The Italian club have offered the 22-year-old a contract and will sign him on a Bosman free transfer in the summer, if the left back agrees to the move.
Forest have not yet returned with a fresh bid for either Birmingham winger Chris Burke or attacking midfielder George Boyd of Peterborough.
Both men are out of contract in the summer, when they would be available for nothing.
But Forest are close to reaching an agreement with striker Blackstock over a new contract.
He is expected to sign a three-and-a-half-year deal following negotiations yesterday.
And McLeish hopes that, in the meantime, all the players who are out of contract, which include Radi Majewski and Lewis McGugan, will respond positively to the situation.
"There have been talks with one or two and it is something we need to get to grips with in the next month or two," said McLeish. "When the window closes we might expect something to be done.
"Although most of the players will be settled down in their heads.
"With 17 or 18 games to go, I'd hope they would be thinking 'right, let's show the manager and fans what I can really do here, to earn a new deal'."
Lee Camp has been released from his Forest contract and will join Norwich.