Nottingham Forest legend, Kenny Burns, has told the Nottingham Post that he is unsurprised by recent interest in midfielder Henri Lansbury.
The European Cup winner joked of his interest: “I should have put some money on it.
Lansbury has linked with recently-relegated Fulham FC.
“He’s a London boy so there could be a lure to move back there – which is a worry – and a club like Fulham, with the massive parachute payments after being relegated this season from the Premier League, might be able to pay him a bit more, although I’m pretty sure Fawaz Al Hasawi doesn’t pay peanuts.
“Losing a player of Lansbury’s quality really would be a big blow for the Reds, for new boss Stuart Pearce.
“He won’t want to start work on July 1 with his best player gone that’s for sure.
However Burns, who also played for Birmingham City, remains optimistic that the former Arsenal midfieder will remain at the City Ground.
“I’ve said time and time again Forest need to build a team around players like Lansbury because he’s so good, so if he was to exit the City Ground it would be a huge setback.
“The good thing is Lansbury has already worked with Pearce in the England Under-21 setup so hopefully they got on well and, if Fulham or any other club come knocking with a big offer, Lansbury will be eager to work with him again at club level.
“Another good thing is I’ve never once heard Lansbury say he’s unhappy at Forest so I would be surprised if he suddenly slapped in a transfer request, like some players do to try and force a move.
Lansbury joined Forest from Arsenal for £1million in 2012. He had previously had loan spells at Scunthorpe United, Watford, Norwich and West Ham United.