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Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Steve Hodge worried club must cash in on Henri Lansbury

The midfielder looks set to be a target for other parties once again this summer.

Nottingham Forest drew with Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday afternoon 1-1, with a free-kick from Gary Gardner proving the equaliser for the home side.

The Championship season is now drawing to a close and Forest must begin to think about that they require for next season.

One key objective will be to not lose any of their star players, including midfield maestro and captain Henri Lansbury.

The former Arsenal talent is a key member of the Forest team but his contract at the City Ground expires in the summer of 2017 and Forest will not want to risk losing him on a free.

With that in mind one former Forest player is very concerned that Lansbury might depart in the summer.

Steve Hodge, who spent eight years at Forest over two separate spells with the club, told BBC Nottingham Sport yesterday:

“He is the most talented player in the football club by a long way. Everybody knows that…

“He’s somebody that in six months’ time from now, in January, can go and talk to clubs freely.

“So either he is tied down now for another three or four years or this club cash in on him in this window.

“He’s a prized asset, his clock’s running down.”

Just like last summer with Michail Antonio, who eventually joined West Ham United, Forest face a big decision on the future of Lansbury. Do they keep him and hope promotion follows, but risk losing him for nothing? Or cash in now and try bring in a suitable replacement now?

Not an easy decision.

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