By Harvey Byrne
Nottingham Forest will step up their efforts to tie midfielder Henri Lansbury to a new long-term contract in the coming days, according to a report.
Midlands publication the Nottingham Post claims that the Reds are keen for the 25-year-old to sign a new deal after star striker Britt Assombalonga committed his future to the club last week.
Talks are expected to take place within the next seven days as Forest are trying to keep Lansbury, who has entered the final year of his contract, at the club.
Premier League new boys Burnley had previously lodged a £4million bid for Lansbury, according to the Daily Mail. The Nottingham Post article also claims that Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi turned down a bid for the midfielder this summer.
Lansbury moved to the City Ground from north London giants Arsenal in 2012 in a deal worth around £1million. He has starred in 136 appearances during his four-year stay in the Midlands.
Once considered a bright prospect for the Gunners, the 17-time capped England Under-21 international has struggled to fulfill that early promise, but he has managed to forge a steady career in England’s second tier.
In other Nottingham Forest team news, they could be set for a £4million windfall from wonderkid Oliver Burke’s move to Red Bull Leipzig.