By Amir Mir
Ex-Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett could stop Henri Lansbury from joining Aston Villa, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim that the incoming American Nottingham Forest owners led by John Jay Moores will sack current boss Philippe Montanier and replace him with Rowett.
It is said that the 42-year-old was keen on the goalscoring midfielder while he was the Blues manager and may not be willing to see him leave Forest for Villa, who have tabled a £3million bid and were confident of landing their man.
However, it is reported that Lansbury has his heart set on a move to Villa Park and Steve Bruce’s side could even sign the playmaker in the summer when his contract expires.
Forest are currently two points above the relegation zone in the Championship as Lansbury has been their best player this term.
The former Arsenal man has scored six goals and provided three assists in 17 league games but has missed his side’s last seven fixtures.
Lansbury last featured when Forest beat automatic hopefuls Newcastle 2-1 on home soil – since then Montanier’s side have lost six matches.
Football Insider verdict:
Not landing Henri Lansbury during the January transfer window would be a big blow to Steve Bruce and Aston Villa in their fight for promotion. What will be even more annoying for the supporters is former Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett preventing the sale from taking place. It would mean Bruce would need to look elsewhere for a playmaker, which could cause further problems for Villa as they are in desperate need of a creative midfielder. Furthermore, speculation surrounding interest in Barnsley playmaker Conor Hourihane would need to be made a top priority for Bruce.
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