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Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips has suggested that Nottingham Forest should make a move to re-sign Henri Lansbury in the upcoming January transfer window.
The attacking midfielder’s contract expires at Villa Park next summer and he could be available in a cut-price deal if the Reds were keen on a potential move.
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips said: “Yeah I think he will move back to the Championship in January,
“It is down to Lansbury but he looks like a player that loves his football.
“He may go back to Forest, you never know. He might head back there in January and help Chris Hughton tackle the Championship. It would certainly not surprise me if he signed for Forest in January.”
So, could you see any logic behind Forest moving for Lansbury after Phillips’ comments?
The team here at FLW discuss….
Forest should steer well clear of this one.
Lansbury isn’t exactly the most popular of figures at the City Ground given the way he left the club to join Aston Villa, and he is a player who Forest simply don’t need to bring in.
The Reds already have the likes of Harry Arter and Jack Colback at the club – two high-earning players who have experience of playing at the highest level and are very similar players to Lansbury.
Ryan Yates is also breaking through and has a big future, and Samba Sow and Cafu are also on the club’s books.
I just can’t see Lansbury joining Forest, that ship has well and truly sailed. Do Forest need Lansbury as much as Lansbury needs Forest? I don’t think so.
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I think bringing Lansbury back to the club could be a fantastic move but I can’t help thinking someone would have to leave.
Forest already have a huge squad and adding the 30-year-old is only going to make it bigger, likely leaving more players out in the cold.
That said, we’ve seen Lansbury have success at the City Ground in the past and I think a player of his quality could be really useful to their promotion push.
He’s a central midfielder that offers some offensive quality as well as defensive graft, which could mean he’s just the sort of player Hughton needs – with so many holding midfielders to choose from.
Bringing Lansbury back to Forest could work for both the player and the club, and with his contract running down may be a good value move.
It’ll be even better if the Reds can get someone out the door as well.
With his Aston Villa contract set to expire at the end of the season, this would appear a relatively cheap deal for Forest and one I agree with Phillips on.
Lansbury’s best football of his career came during his five seasons at the City Ground, whilst Forest are crying out for goals from midfield to take the pressure off Lewis Grabban, whose yet to get going this term.
The only worry from Chris Hughton’s perspective would be Lansbury’s lack of games since making the switch to Villa Park, but it’s certainly a positive signing, one that ticks plenty of boxes and one that the fans would surely be able to get on board with.