It has been reported by Midlands football writer Nick Mashiter that Reading, Watford and Stoke City have all entered the frame for signing Henri Lansbury from Aston Villa after the 30-year-old was set to join Bristol City.
Lansbury has fallen down the pecking order at Villa Park since promotion to the Premier League two seasons ago but has an impeccable CV to prove that he is a leading midfielder in the Championship, so it comes as no surprise that several clubs believe Lansbury will improve their midfield setup.
With just six months left on his contract, it is a great opportunity to sign the former Arsenal trainee permanently for a cut-price deal, as it appears that Dean Smith has no intentions of giving Lansbury first-team minutes.
Lansbury’s team-mate Conor Hourihane, who has played significantly more than Lansbury over the past few years in the West Midlands, was shipped out on loan to South Wales where he scored for Swansea City on his league debut against Brentford mid-week.
Mashiter has reported that Lansbury’s future will be ‘settled fairly quickly’ so clubs must act quickly before the transfer deadline shuts.
The Aston Villa pair may have their careers rejuvenated in the Championship, but where will Lansbury end up? Bristol and Stoke City will have eyes on a play-off position, whilst Watford and Reading still have an eye on finishing in an automatic position.
This will be a transfer to keep your eye on, he is certainly heading to the Championship, but which manager will be playing him for the remainder of the season is yet to be seen.