Bristol City set to clinch Henri Lansbury signing after Aston Villa boss Dean Smith confirmed ex-Arsenal man is ready to move on
- Bristol City are on the brink of confirming Henri Lansbury as their new signing
- The Aston Villa man is set to see his contract expire at the end of the season
- Dean Smith has said the midfielder is available to leave the club early
- This month represents the last chance for Villa to recoup a small fee for Lansbury
Bristol City are closing in on the capture of Henri Lansbury from Aston Villa.
Villa manager Dean Smith confirmed midfielder Lansbury is available and the Championship side are hopeful of landing the 30 year-old before Monday’s deadline.
Ex-Arsenal youngster Lansbury joined Villa four years ago from Nottingham Forest and his contract runs out this summer.
Henri Lansbury is set to seal a January move from Aston Villa to Bristol City
This month represents Villa’s last opportunity to get a transfer fee for Lansbury before he can leave for nothing though striking a loan deal for the remainder of his current contract is an option.
Lansbury made 10 appearances last season during Villa’s ultimately successful bid to stay in the Premier League but was left out of Smith’s squad this campaign and been restricted to three Carabao Cup appearances.
Though he is a seasoned Championship performer, scoring 44 times and setting up 32 goals in 258 appearances for Villa, Forest, West Ham, Norwich and Watford in the second tier.
Lansbury (left) started his career at Arsenal under the guidance of Arsene Wenger
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