Could Joey Barton's Rangers switch finally see Henri Lansbury head to Burnley?

Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury celebrates

The Nottingham Forest midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Burnley in the past.

Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury celebratesNottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury celebrates

Joey Barton’s move to Glasgow Rangers was finally confirmed last night, as the midfielder decided to move on from Burnley after a successful season with the club.

He left The Clarets despite helping them to promotion from the Championship in a season he was voted the club’s Player of the Year.

Burnley's Joey Barton celebrates promotionBurnley's Joey Barton celebrates promotion

Barton’s move leaves Burnley needing a replacement in the heart of midfield – which will no doubt have Nottingham Forest fans feeling very nervous.

The Reds have had to bat off interest from Burnley for their midfield talisman Henri Lansbury for some time now and this summer, with a central midfielder now needed at Turf Moor, Forest may face their toughest fight yet to keep hold of the player.

Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury clashes with BrightonNottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury clashes with Brighton

As reported by the Daily Mail last summer Burnley bid £4 million for the player for the second summer in a row. It was a bid that Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi had to deny accepting for the Forest captain, as reported by the BBC, despite reports to the contrary.

But with Burnley needing a central midfielder more than ever and Lansbury just entering the final year of his contract at the City Ground – it certainly looks like Forest maestro Lansbury might finally be on his way to the Championship side this summer

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