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4th Jan, 2017 | 2:32pm

Report: Celtic join hunt for 26-year-old, Rodgers is a keen admirer

By Harvey Byrne

Celtic are monitoring the situation of Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury, according to a report.

Midlands publication, the Nottingham Post have reported that Brendan Rodgers is casting his eye over the situation of the 26-year-old, who’s contract is set to expire in the summer.

It is also stated that the Hoops boss is a keen admirer of the former Arsenal man, who has become a star of the Forest side.

The attacking midfielder has so far been the subject of bids from Championship duo Aston Villa and Derby, while Premier League outfit Watford are also keen on taking him back to Vicarage Road.

It is stated that Celtic would be eager to secure a deal for Lansbury in this window with Rodgers looking to get bodies in ahead of the Champions League qualifiers in July.

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Lansbury has played in 19 encounters for the struggling Forest team with a return of six goals and three assists.

He has become a victim of the ongoing takeover saga at the club with current owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi unwilling to extend any of the Forest player’s contracts.

However, it is stated that Villa’s bid was £3million, meaning that he is unlikely to come cheap with a potential bidding war starting.

Football Insider verdict:

Lansbury is unlikely to be the man to help Celtic ultimately push on in the Champions League, but he would provide a solid and safe pair of boots. The attacking midfielder was once considered a bright prospect at Arsenal, but injuries unfortunately stopped the 17-time capped England Under-21 international from fulfilling his true potential. However, he is still more than good enough to play at the top end of the Scottish Premiership and would surely help Celtic secure further league titles. The Hoops will be able to offer Lansbury the chance of Champions League football and they must now go out and secure their target, who is attracting interest from elsewhere.

In other Celtic transfer news, the Hoops have agreed a £3million bid for this enforcer.