Aston Villa are set to sign Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury for a fee of £3.5 million, according to The Mirror.

Lansbury wants to make the move and it is understood that his teammates now also expect him to leave the club this month.  Lansbury was left out of the Forest squad yesterday for their FA Cup defeat against Wigan Athletic, angering fans.

Nottingham Forest will not want to lose their captain, but with Lansbury out of contract in the summer and unlikely to sign a new deal, the move could suit both parties.

Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier said: “We’ve had an offer but it’s not me who makes the decision to sell him.”  Forest are currently being taken over by new owners but current owner Fawaz Al Hasawi still needs to give the transfer the green light.

Lansbury has played 17 times for Forest in the Championship this season, scoring six goals and getting three assists.  The midfielder has made 150 appearances for the club since joining in 2012.

Lansbury began his career with Arsenal but only made three appearances for the club.  The midfielder was loaned out several times to Scunthorpe United, Watford, Norwich City and West Ham United.

Lansbury won promotion to the Premier League with West Ham and will be looking to do the same with Aston Villa this season.  At 26, he has established himself as a Championship player and seems ready to make the step up to a higher level.

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