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Exclusive reports Henri Lansbury given permission to talk to Newcastle for January transfer

4 years ago

In what would be a quite remarkable move if this exclusive is proved correct, Newcastle United could shortly be adding Henri Lansbury to their squad.

The attacking midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and the report claims that both Newcastle United and Watford have been given permission by Nottingham Forest to talk to the player.

Adding credibility to the report is the fact that the transfer story hasn’t come from one of the usual suspects, instead it is from the Hertfordshire based WDSport. So the story is Watford based rather than aimed at unsuspecting Newcastle supporters.

If you put aside the player’s antics in the match four weeks ago, Henri Lansbury does tick a lot of boxes as a potential January signing.

Despite talk of a new contract neither Forest or the player appear to have made any moves, so as it stands Lansbury’s contract ends in June, meaning the club would almost certainly sell in this window if no new deal is going to happen.

Any transfer price would be lower than if he had a number of years left on his contract.

Most importantly though, despite playing for a struggling club, Henri Lansbury does have an impressive record as a goalscoring attacking midfielder at Championship level, scoring 32 in 130 league starts.

Interesting to see if any substance in this one..

No doubt those believing in conspiracy theories could also point to the convenient recent injury that means Henri Lansbury won’t face Newcastle tonight, ahead of the transfer window.

The WD Sport Excusive:

‘Watford are going head to head with Newcastle United in the scramble to sign Henri Lansbury in a cut-price deal from Nottingham Forest, we can reveal.

Lansbury has been given permission by Forest to talk to the Hornets and the Magpies, and it is our understanding Watford have already held discussions with the 26-year-old midfielder.

Gino Pozzo, Scott Duxbury and technical director Filippo Giraldi will hope to have persuaded the former Arsenal man that an immediate return to the Premier League is more attractive than another six months in the Championship, albeit playing in front of 50,000 fans and working under Rafa Benitez.

Derby County and Birmingham City are also chasing his signature but we understand Lansbury’s options have been whittled down to two.’


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