Nottingham Forest are preparing themselves for a battle to hold on to captain Henri Lansbury in the summer according to the Nottingham Post.

The 25 year old midfielder has missed a large chunk of the campaign with a serious ankle injury as Forest have slid down the Championship table but the player has impressed since his return to the side.

The Enfield born former Arsenal academy graduate was the subject of transfer interest last summer from Championship promotion hopefuls Burnley but the player was persuaded to remain at The City Ground. Forest are expecting interest in Lansbury again this summer with Premier League clubs understood to be monitoring the player’s situation.

Lansbury failed to make the grade as a youngster at Arsenal after making just eight senior appearances for the club and found himself regularly loaned out to gain first team experience with the player making loan appearances for Scunthorpe United, Watford, Norwich City and West Ham United.

In August 2012, Nottingham Forest sealed the permanent signing of the midfielder on a four year deal for a transfer fee thought to be in excess of £1 million. Lansbury has impressed during his time at the club making 127 appearances and scoring 25 goals.

With Forest set to appoint a new permanent manager in the summer, the club are hoping to again persuade the player to ignore any transfer interest and remain at The City Ground as a summer rebuilding project at the club is set to commence after a poor season in the Championship.

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