Rival manager delivers honest verdict on the future of reported Aston Villa target
By Amir Mir
Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier has revealed that an offer has come in for Henri Lansbury but it is not his decision to sell him.
The Sun claimed on Friday afternoon that Aston Villa had agreed terms with the midfielder but the potential new Forest owners were proving to be a stumbling block.
It is also reported by the BBC that rivals Derby County had an offer of more than £2.5 million for his services.
Now ahead of the third-round FA Cup fixture against Wigan on Saturday afternoon, the Frenchman revealed that Lansbury will not play a part because of injury.
“We’ve had an offer but it’s not me who makes the decision to sell him,” Montanier told BBC Radio Nottingham. “He’s my captain and the best player on my team. It is confidential but we have received offers from teams.
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“I know in football some situations are difficult when a player receives a big offer and it is then difficult to play 100%.”
Midfielder Lansbury has been in fine form for his club side this season despite their struggles on the pitch.
The 26-year-old has scored six goals and provided three assists for a team that is two points above the relegation zone in the Championship and has kept just one clean sheet all season.
If the former Arsenal academy graduate were to make the move to Villa then he would join a side that is looking to earn instant promotion following relegation last season.
Steve Bruce has four specialist midfielders at his disposal, Mile Jedinak, Aaron Tshibola, Gary Gardner and Ashley Westwood – but between them, they have only mustered two goals.
Villa travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon to take on Premier League title chasers Tottenham in what is expected to be a mouth-watering FA Cup contest.
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