According to The Daily Mirror, Bristol City are interested in signing Aston Villa midfielder Henri Lansbury in this January transfer window.
The 30-year-old has endured a difficult season thus far, having been omitted from Dean Smith’s Premier League squad and only being restricted to three appearances in the Carabao Cup.
Now, with his contract expiring in the summer at Villa Park, The Daily Mirror claim that Championship side Bristol City are ready to make their move, and that Lansbury is “now ready to quit Villa and move either permanently or on loan with a view to landing a future contract”.
With Lansbury’s contract coming to an end in the summer, these last few days of the January transfer window remain the only chance for Villa to recoup some sort of fee for the midfielder’s services, or else risk seeing him leave on a free.
Bristol City’s late interest in the 30-year-old has given Johan Lange a perfect opportunity to trim down Smith’s squad, and also potentially free up some funds for use on new signings too.
Make no mistake about it, the fact that Nassef Sawiris has had to continue pay Lansbury’s pretty sizeable £40k-a-week wages (he’s in the top ten earners in Villa’s entire squad) will have the club’s co-owner fuming.
Paying that much amount of money for someone who wasn’t even named in Smith’s Premier League squad at the start of the campaign must be driving him insane, so it’s exactly why Lange must surely seize this perfect opportunity to get the midfielder off the club’s books.