Nottingham Forest set for January playmaker deal - report

By Alex Stevens

Nottingham Forest could be forced to cash in on playmaker Henri Lansbury in the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Mail claim Watford are keen to sign Lansbury next month and taking him back to the club where he had a loan spell seven seasons ago.

It is said that a deal is in the pipeline and that the attacking midfielder is “set for a return” to Vicarage Road.

Given that the report suggests the transfer is advanced, Forest might have no choice but to sell Lansbury for a fee in January rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old is out of contract next summer and increasingly likely to quit the City Ground even though the club’s fortunes could soon be transformed by a takeover.

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Lansbury is the outstanding player in the Championship club’s side, scoring six goals and providing three assists from his 19 league games this season.

Lansbury, who spent a loan spell with the Hornets during the 2009-10 season, has scored 33 goals and supplied 20 assists in 150 matches for Forest since joining the club in 2012.

Lansbury rose through the ranks at Norwich and then Arsenal before leaving the Gunners on a permanent basis four-and-a-half years ago.

He has previously spent time on loan at Scunthorpe, Watford, Norwich and West Ham.

In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, the club are joint favourites to land this goal machine in January.