Nottingham Forest are plotting to sign Falkirk’s Craig Sibbald as a replacement for Henri Lansbury according to a report from the Daily Record.
Forest look set to lose Lansbury during this January transfer window with the likes of Aston Villa and Derby County hoping to snap him up for a cheap fee as the East Midlands side are scared to lose one of their star assets on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer. As the club become more resigned to the fact they are set to lose Lansbury, they are now eyeing up replacements who can fill his role when he has gone.
And the man they have been looking at is Sibbald from Scottish Championship side Falkirk. They have been scouting the 21-year-old midfielder over the last few weeks and look likely to make a move before the end of the transfer window. However they will face battle to sign him due to the fact some of the biggest teams in Scotland are also chasing his signature with Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen also interested.
And in what could be seen as irony, Forest are hoping to sign Sibbald for a bargain fee for the same reason that Lansbury is set to leave for a bargain fee. His contract is set to expire in the summer and while Falkirk have offered him a new deal, talks have been stalling as he becomes more interested in a move away. Forest are then hoping to persuade Falkirk that they should cash in now rather than risk having a tribunal decide the fee in the summer which would happen due to his age. Then they could have the Lansbury replacement they want.