Aston Villa preparing bid for Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury - Sky sources

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20:  Henri Lansbury of Nottingham Forest looks on during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsena
Image: Aston Villa are preparing to enter the race to sign Henri Lansbury from Nottingham Forest

Aston Villa are preparing a £3m bid for Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury, according to Sky sources.

Lansbury has entered the final six months of his current deal at the City Ground and is free to speak to other clubs during the January transfer window with a view to signing a pre-contract agreement.

Villa boss Steve Bruce has agreed to sell forward Rudy Gestede to Middlesbrough for £6m and is likely to be given the funds to reinvest in his side.

Henri Lansbury of Nottingham Forest celebrates scoring to make it 2-2 during the Sky Bet Championship match at Aston Villa
Image: Lansbury has been a prolific scorer for Forest since joining from Arsenal for £1m in 2012

Forest have already turned down a £2.5m bid from Derby County for midfielder Lansbury, who has also attracted interest from Premier League side Watford.

Lansbury started his career at Arsenal and spent time on loan at Scunthorpe, Watford, Norwich and West Ham before joining Forest on a permanent deal in 2012.

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He has scored 33 goals in 150 appearances for Forest since his £1m move from Arsenal and was named the club's captain during the 2014-15 season.

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