Aston Villa transfer twist: 26-year-old ready to play this weekend - report
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa transfer target Henri Lansbury could yet feature for Nottingham Forest this month, according to a report.
The Nottingham Post claim the 26-year-old playmaker has told caretaker boss Gary Brazil that he is ready to play in their clash against Bristol City at the weekend.
Lansbury has been absent for his side during their last eight matches, last featuring in their 2-1 win over current Championship leaders Newcastle in early December.
It is said Midlands rivals Villa are favourites to sign Lansbury during the January transfer window with Villa willing to pay in excess of £40,000-a-week in wages to the player.
During Lansbury’s absence from the team, Forest have lost six of their last eight matches which led to the sacking of manager Phillipe Montanier on Saturday.
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The Frenchman opted not to play Lansbury during his last few games in charge as he felt the key Forest player was not in the right frame of mind to play due to the transfer speculation surrounding him.
However, it is said now that Brazil and his assistant Jack Lester having been impressed with Lansbury during their first training sessions in charge.
But, they are mulling over whether or not to select him for the weekend as the player could be worth as much as £4million to the club in the coming weeks.
Football Insider verdict:
Henri Lansbury should stay at Nottingham Forest and help the struggling Championship side avoid relegation this season. He has proved this campaign what a vital asset he can be to the side. Without the star midfielder, Forest will lose a valuable player who can offer leadership and quality to the team. Off the pitch, the Midlands side are struggling to show stability but on the pitch, Lansbury can provide that backbone the fans desperately want to see. Lansbury’s contract runs out at the end of the campaign and his qualities as a player will not diminish by the summer. Those same clubs who are interested in his services now will most likely want to sign him up as a free agent in the summer and that is a risk Forest should take in order to stay in the second tier.
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