Aston Villa head coach Steve Bruce has confirmed to Sky Sports that they have made an approach for Nottingham Forest’s Henri Lansbury.

Since the transfer window opened at the start of the month, rumours have started to fly that Villa were set to make a move for Lansbury. The 26-year-old midfielder’s contract is set to expire in the summer and it seems like Forest have accepted that as he will most likely leave in the summer on a free, they are aiming to cash in during this window.

With Villa having plenty of money to spend and their head coach Steve Bruce looking to reshape the squad after his appointment earlier in the season, with extra money being created when they sold Rudy Gestede to Middlesbrough, they were naturally linked to the player. But now it has been confirmed as when a journalist asked Bruce about the rumour in the post-match conference, he confirmed they had made an approach for the player.

He said: “We’ve made an enquiry. He’s a player we think is for sale.”

Another team that has been heavily linked with Lansbury during this transfer window are Forest’s fierce rivals Derby County. They have already made a bid worth £2.5m, though that was turned down. If Lansbury wants to though, he could end up making the jump to the Premier League as Watford are also said to be preparing a bid for him. However unlike Aston Villa, their interested is yet to be confirmed and may still be just rumours.

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