Bristol City are trying to sign Aston Villa midfielder Henri Lansbury with a deal reportedly being agreed between both clubs, according to Football Insider.
Lansbury made the switch from Nottingham Forest more than four years ago when Villa were still in the Championship, but failed to establish himself as a regular under either Steve Bruce or current manager Dean Smith.
The former Arsenal man appeared 15 times in all competitions last season, but has been restricted to just three EFL Cup appearances this term – with his last first-team outing coming in the game with Stoke City in early October.
And with Lansbury clearly not part of Smith’s plans moving forward, Football Insider believe that the Robins have agreed a deal with Villa to take the midfielder on loan for the rest of the season.
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Lansbury wasn’t named in Villa’s 25-man Premier League squad, and therefore hasn’t been involved in a single league game for the Midlands outfit.
This makes perfect sense.
Bristol City are currently short on attacking options due to their hefty injury-list, whilst Villa are probably happy to get Lansbury off the wage bill.
Lansbury’s endured a wretched time throughout his spell with Aston Villa, and a move away from Villa Park would appear the best option for both parties, and therefore I believe that Ashton Gate is a good temporary home for the midfielder, who can then reassess his options in the summer.