The man who could determine if Henri Lansbury leaves Nottingham Forest

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Henri Lansbury's future at Nottingham Forest could rest on what happens with one of his current teammates.

The Sun has reported that Burnley are considering a £5 million move for Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury.

Burnley are most likely wasting their time because Lansbury has been a useful player for Forest this season under different managers and it’s a fee, which Dougie Freedman wouldn’t be able to reinvest considering the transfer embargo which hangs over the side.

However, there is a man who could force the deal to happen and that’s Aston Villa owned Gary Gardner.

Gardner has been a revelation in Forest’s midfield and someone that Freedman will most likely be going all out to try and keep for next season, even if it is another loan deal rather than the permanent acquisition of a top quality middle man.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood will most likely bring his whole squad together for pre-season so he can judge the progress of the club’s players out on loan, but young star Jack Grealish has been playing well and could make it difficult for Gardner to slot back into the side.

Forest certainly won’t commission any deal while they don’t have a replacement in place.

There are technical differences between Gardner and Lansbury, but they both play important midfield roles and are important in terms of quality on the ball and the leadership they provide through the heart of the team.

If Freedman can play a blinder and convince Sherwood that Gardner is better off with another season at the City Ground, the potential large fee that the club could net for Lansbury becomes more appealing.

Freedman is a realist and will always do what he feels is best for his team as Forest continue their pursuit of promotion into the Premier League, which has slowly become more and more of a distant possibility over the course of this past season.

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