DARIUS Henderson is set to sign for Nottingham Forest on Thursday after being given the green light to leave Millwall on a free transfer.
Henderson is understood to have agreed terms on a contract until the end of the season with the Tricky Trees and confirmation of the move is expected once he has completed a medical.
The Lions have waived a fee for the 31-year-old in order to free up space within their wage budget – clearing the way for Forest to take over his current deal, which was due to expire in the summer.
Director Peter Garston said last night: "Henderson has been given permission to speak with Forest [and] this will happen on Thursday.
"The decision to allow this to happen was purely Kenny Jackett's. He was under no pressure from the board and Kenny is in total charge of team matters.
"Henderson leaving will free up wages. Kenny has targets and will go for them when he is ready and get who he wants at the money he is willing to pay. But he won't rush into it."
Henderson had not scored for Millwall since the start of November – ironically against Forest in a 4-1 win at the City Ground – and has been in and out of the side in recent months because of injury.
But his departure still comes as a surprise given the Lions are yet to adequately replace Chris Wood and loan signing Nathan Tyson damaged an ankle ligament on his debut last weekend.