There’s some intriguing news today that Newcastle have been given permission to talk to 26 year-old midfielder Henri Lansbury of Nottingham Forest, who is out of contract in June, so he could come at a cut price next month.
The news is an exclusive report in WD Sport which has all the news on Watford FC and they are reporting that both Watford and Newcastle United are interested in the central midfielder who will be a free agent in the summer.
Henri Lansbury – free agent in the summer
The news is that both clubs have been given permission by Forest to talk to the player and that Watford have already held discussions with Lansbury.
The report is that they hope playing in the Premier League for the Hornets would be a bigger attraction than playing for world-class manager Rafa Benitez in front of 50,000 crowds at St. James’ Park.
Lansbury is the guy who got two penalties for Nottingham Forest in that ridiculous game at the City Ground when two of our players – Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett – were sent off for fouls on the former Arsenal youngster.
We play Nottingham Forest tonight, but Henri is out injured and will not play in the game.
He is a good player, but it would be a little strange if Rafa made a move for him after he severely criticized the player’s antics after the game and even suggested the FA could take retroactive action against him.
The Shields Gazette are reporting this morning he is not a target and that Rafa has other central midfield players he is pursuing for next month and Lee Ryder of the Chronicle tweeted this out this morning.
#NUFC not interested in Henri Lansbury if anybody needed to know.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) December 30, 2016
We always thought Henri was a good player when he was being loaned out to a number of clubs by Arsenal from 2009, before he finally signed on at Forest in 2012.
That was a four year deal but Lansbury signed a new three-year improved contract with Forest in 2014 and that runs out next June.
The lad’s a good player but if we signed him Rafa would need to get Henri and Jonjo together and have them sign a peace treaty.