Reports: Aston Villa prepare medical for Championship ace, £40,000-a-week contract drawn up
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa are preparing a medical for Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury and hope to sign him by the weekend, according to reports.
HITC Sport claim a bid has been accepted for the Championship ace as Forest are also set for a change of ownership.
Current owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi will see American John Jay Moores takeover in the coming week.
Lansbury has a contract at Forest which expires in the summer and it is said they cannot afford to lose him for nothing and there is hope the deal can be concluded before the weekend.
Furthermore, the Birmingham Mail claim that Villa have drawn up a contract worth £40,000-a-week for the City Ground skipper.
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Former Arsenal academy player Lansbury has scored six goals in 17 Championship games this season despite the struggles of his side.
If Lansbury were to join Steve Bruce’s side then he would compete for a starting place with midfielders, Ashley Westwood, Mile Jedinak, Gary Gardner and Aaron Tshibola.
Football Insider verdict:
Steve Bruce can get the ball rolling if the Henri Lansbury sale can be completed by the weekend. Villa have completed only one signing during this window and that was the purchase of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on loan from Manchester United. Another January target which has been hit will please Bruce because he can then prepare to shape his strongest XI. Not only that, it may even give him the opportunity to sell some of his current crop as the new additions come in. It will also put the supporters at ease because potential transfer targets which have been reported in the media are being made. All in all, the signing of the first outfield player could signal the start of a positive month for the club.
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