By Amir Mir

Aston Villa are close to completing the signing of Nottingham Forest playmaker Henri Lansbury, according to two reliable Midlands-based journalists.

Telegraph reporter John Percy has claimed on his personal Twitter account that a £3million deal for the 26-year-old could be completed in the next 24 hours.

Forest captain Lansbury has not featured for his side in their last eight matches as Villa have been trying to sign the former Arsenal man.

Nottingham Post correspondent Paul Taylor reported soon afterwards on Twitter that Lansbury will undergo a medical at Villa on Thursday night as he prepares to become the Midlands club’s first permanent signing of the January window.

Steve Bruce’s only addition so far this month has been Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on loan for the rest of the season.

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Lansbury has scored six goals and provided three assists for a Forest side that is struggling in the bottom half of the Championship.

On the other hand, Steve Bruce’s side desperately require a much needed creative force in their team as they have struggled in recent weeks.

Villa have lost their last three matches, failing to score in any of those games as attacking duo Ross McCormack and Gabby Agbonlahor have failed to score a goal.

Forest recently sacked manager Phillipe Montanier after a takeover of the Midlands giants failed.

Football Insider verdict:

Aston Villa supporters will be pleased that they can finally get the Henri Lansbury deal over the line after weeks of waiting. Steve Bruce’s side have lost their last three matches and are in desperate need of a fresh face to lift the dressing room. Forest captain Lansbury is the type of player to do that, especially considering his style of play. Bruce’ s side have failed to score in their last three matches and he will be hoping the driving force of Lansbury can help out his out-of-form strikers. Ross McCormack, in particular, may benefit from the former Arsenal man if he signs on the dotted line within the next 24 hours. Villa have two home games coming up in the next fortnight and the possible signing of Lansbury will give the home crowd a huge lift.

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