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3rd Jan, 2017 | 4:11pm

Aston Villa prepare bid for goalscoring midfielder - report

By Dominic Toner

Aston Villa are set to move for Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury, according to a report.

Sky Sports report on their transfer centre blog (15:23) that Villa are preparing a bid for the Forest captain in January.

Lansbury has been in great form for Forest this season, scoring six goals and supplying three assists in 19 appearances across all competitions.

The 26-year-old has missed the club’s last six games with a hamstring injury and they have picked up just one point without him.

The attacking midfielder is regarded as one of the club’s standout players and they have been drawn into the relegation scrap during his absence, with just a two-point cushion now above the drop zone.

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Lansbury has become a popular player during his time at the City Ground and is well recognised for his goalscoring talents, scoring 33 goals in 150 appearances for the Midlands club.

Villa are heading in a different direction in the Championship table and Steve Bruce’s side are hoping to reach the play-off places by the end of the season.

The Midlands giants have managed to recover from a poor start under ex-manager Roberto Di Matteo, but still face a tough task to reach the play-off.

They are currently seven points adrift of sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday and it appears Lansbury could be a target to help them get out of the Championship.

Football Insider verdict:

Aston Villa could do with strengthening their squad in January if they are to have any chance of competing for promotion this season and Lansbury would be a sensible target. The central midfielder has played in the Championship since 2012 and has a great understanding of how difficult the division can be. He would add some vital goals from midfield and help challenge the likes of Ashley Westwood, Gary Gardner and Mile Jedinak for a starting position. Lansbury is currently entering the peak of his career at the age of 26 and showed before his injury that he is in strong form.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club remain a January option for an England international.