Row could help Aston Villa strike all important playmaker deal - reports
By Amir Mir
Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi could sell Aston Villa target Henri Lansbury in order to pay back a £2.2million loan, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Forest senior figure borrowed £2.2million from an American group who tried to buy the club as they helped pay for the club’s wages in December.
It is now said that John Jay Moores and his partners now want their money back immediately after Al Hasawi dramatically pulled the plug on a takeover.
The bitter cash row between the two parties could give Villa the impetus needed to push through the transfer.
Birmingham Mail reporter Gregg Evans claimed on his personal Twitter account on Friday that Villa are waiting to hear back from Forest about their captain and playmaker Lansbury.
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At this moment in time, Bruce has Mile Jedinak, Ashley Westwood, Aaron Tshibola, Gary Gardner and occasionally Leandro Bacuna to choose from as his midfield players.
Football Insider verdict:
The Nottingham Forest takeover and subsequent collapse has not helped Aston Villa in their search for a midfielder. Steve Bruce will be hoping the deal to sign Lansbury does not drag on as he desperately requires fresh legs, energy and creativity in the team following three straight defeats. If the deal could not be made then Villa should target Barnsley playmaker Conor Hourahine. Otherwise, the promotion chasers must do their all to ensure the deal is completed and Lansbury is a Villa player by the end of the week. Bruce’s side are ten points adrift of the play-off places and they need to add outfield quality to the team before that gap widens.
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