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Aston Villa set to sign Forest midfielder Lansbury

Aston Villa are expected to complete the £3million signing of Henri Lansbury by Friday.

Nottingham Forest have finally given the green light for the midfielder to move to their Sky Bet Championship rivals, Press Association Sport understands.

Lansbury is out of contract in the summer but the transfer has dragged on because of the takeover saga which has been ongoing at the City Ground.

Henri Lansbury is on his way. Credit: PA

The takeover fell through last week and the Reds sacked manager Philippe Montanier at the weekend.

Villa boss Steve Bruce admitted last week he would be prepared to wait for Lansbury if Villa failed to complete the move this month but is set to get his man in the next 24 hours.

Ex-Arsenal trainee Lansbury, who joined Forest from the Gunners in August 2012, has scored six goals in 19 appearances this season.

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Liverpool reject Southampton loan bid for Sakho

Sakho will only leave Liverpool on a permanent deal. Credit: PA

Liverpool have rejected a loan bid from Southampton for out-of-favour defender Mamadou Sakho. Reports say the Saints' offer was instantly dismissed as the Reds will only consider permanently offloading the France international.

The centre-back is no longer considered part of the first-team squad after being sent home from the club's pre-season training camp in California as manager Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with his attitude.

Sakho trained with and played for the club's under-23 side for the first half of the season but since the transfer window opened he has not featured as the club want to minimise the chances of him getting injured and jeopardising a move.

The player rejected loan switches to West Brom and Stoke in August despite being told he needed to leave to re-establish his reputation, and in the intervening period the club's stance has shifted to the point where they now want him off the books.

However, they will only consider a permanent deal in the region of £20million for the 26-year-old.

Southampton are looking to strengthen in central defence after captain Jose Fonte handed in a transfer request earlier this month.

Sevilla, Swansea and Crystal Palace were also believed to be looking at the player but none have followed up their initial interest.

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