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Derby and Nottingham Forest linked with January deal, Collymore tweets disbelief

Derby and Nottingham Forest linked with January deal, Collymore tweets disbelief

Aston Villa has joined the battle for Henri Lansbury's signature with an offer understood to be in excess of £3m for the Nottingham Forest midfielder.

While the Blues have given up on trying to sign the former Arsenal trainee - who is out of contract at the end of the season - the Mail reports that Derby had confirmed their interest with a £2.5 million offer, but had the bid turned down by their bitter rivals.

Lansbury started his career at Arsenal and spent time on loan at Scunthorpe, Watford, Norwich and West Ham before joining Forest on a permanent deal in 2012.

"I can't see them coming in and selling one of their best players to Derby, it wouldn't be very popular", Burns told the Nottingham Post.

And if Lansbury makes it clear that he is not planning on extending his stay, all Forest can perhaps do is decide whether to let him go this month for a fee or keep hold of him until the summer.

The new owners will still hope Lansbury can be persuaded to put pen to paper on a new contract with the Reds, with Montanier having stated a package had been agreed with the player - but it could not be signed until the club's ownership situation is resolved.

Lansbury is something that Aston Villa lack.