Henri Lansbury seals Aston Villa move from Nottingham Forest
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 20/01/17 5:04pm
Henri Lansbury has completed his move from Nottingham Forest to Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.
The Forest captain passed a medical with Villa on Friday morning and the deal was finalised shortly afterwards.
Sky sources understand a fee in the region of £3m has been agreed between the clubs.
Lansbury had just six months remaining on his Forest contract, a situation that is understood to have attracted the interest of Watford, Norwich and Derby.
But Villa have won the race to sign the 26-year-old as Bruce bids to reignite his side's promotion challenge.
"I am delighted to be here at Aston Villa," Lansbury told the club's official website.
"As soon as I knew Aston Villa were interested, I wanted to come here.
"It's the size and reputation of the football club that attracted me. It's a big, big name in the English game and I can't wait to get started here now."
Bruce was also delighted to have got the deal across the line.
"He is someone I have known for a long time, since he was at Arsenal as a boy," said Bruce. "He's someone who is a bit different.
"I believe that is his big thing, the creativity he has and the ability to score goals, which is something we have to improve on in the midfield area.
"We have got a very good player and we are delighted we have got him."
Bruce also gave an update on some of Villa's other transfer targets and revealed Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes is unlikely to be coming to the club.
"We are close to one or two others but not Jordan Rhodes," Bruce added. "It looks as though that has run its course.
"We have tried our best to bring him in but it looks as though it's not going to happen.
"The boy [Conor] Hourihane, we are waiting to hear something back from Barnsley, so we hope we can announce something with that one pretty shortly too."