Report: Playmaker has agreed personal terms with Aston Villa, but this is holding back the deal
By Amir Mir
Henri Lansbury has agreed personal terms to join Aston Villa but the stumbling block is the potential new Nottingham Forest owners, according to a report.
The Sun claims a deal to sell the playmaker has been agreed by current owner Fawaz Al Hasawi but new American owners led by John Jay Moores, “have thrown a spanner in the works with advanced talks to sell Lansbury to local rivals Derby”.
According to Sky Sports, the Rams put in a bid of £2.5 million for the midfielder which was reportedly rejected as Premier League side Watford have also shown interest in the player.
The 26-year-old has been in fine form for a struggling Forest side this season, scoring six goals and supplying three assists in 17 Championship games.
It is claimed by the Sun that Lansbury has been left in limbo as a war brews at the top which has resulted in his move to the Midlands side being blocked.
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Lansbury has six months remaining on his current deal at the City ground, despite efforts by the club to extend his current deal.
But it is said, unlike the current owner, the Americans have failed to understand the rivalry between Derby and Forest as the deadlock could even put the takeover at risk.
Football Insider verdict:
The departure of Henri Lansbury from Nottingham Forest will be a big body blow to the Midlands club. They are currently in the midst of a relegation battle and the last thing the supporters would want is for them to lose their best player. If Lansbury is sold then his departure could result in the relegation of the former European Cup winners. Unless, the new owners decide to splash the cash and ensure the Lansbury sale is used wisely to invest in the squad. Meanwhile, the scenes at the top, with a battle brewing between the current and new owners spells even more bad news for a club that desperately needs to turn a new page.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, manager Steve Bruce has revealed how many signings he wants in January.