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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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Aston Villa wait on Lansbury bid

Henri Lansbury. Credit: PA

Aston Villa are still waiting to discover if their bid for Henri Lansbury will be accepted.

A £3million offer for the Nottingham Forest captain remains on the table as Steve Bruce looks to revamp his squad.

Midfielder Lansbury is out of contract in the summer and was not included in Forest's squad to face Wigan in the FA Cup on Saturday because of a hamstring injury.

Derby are also reportedly interested in the former Arsenal youngster, who has 19 appearances for Forest this season and joined from the Gunners in 2012.

Bruce is looking to revive his squad after replacing Roberto Di Matteo in October but will not allow Ross McCormack to go out on loan after Villa paid Fulham £12million for the striker in the summer.

Man United goalkeeper Johnstone joins Aston Villa

Johnstone is looking forward to getting started. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have signed goalkeeper Sam Johnstone from Manchester United on loan for the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old could make his debut in Sunday's FA Cup trip to Tottenham after joining on Thursday.

He becomes Steve Bruce's first signing for Villa, with the boss having targeted a new goalkeeper in January.

Johnstone told the club's official site:

I'm really pleased to have joined Aston Villa - it's a massive club. I'm really excited to be here. Aston Villa were interested and it's an opportunity I jumped at. It's one you simply can't turn down.

I can't wait to work with Steve Bruce too. I've heard very good things about the manager. You can see his track record.

He's good for the club and I can't wait to get going now.

– Aston Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone

Aston Villa accept Middlesbrough bid for Rudy Gestede

Rudy Gestede looks set to return to the Premier League after falling out of favour under Steve Bruce at Villa Park. Credit: PA

Aston Villa are understood to have accepted a bid from Middlesbrough for striker Rudy Gestede.

Boro head coach Aitor Karanka is hoping to complete a move imminently for the £6million-rated 28-year-old.

Gestede is understood to be on Teesside as Boro take on Leicester.

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Calderwood joins Aston Villa as assistant manager

Calderwood joins Villa from Brighton. Credit: PA

Colin Calderwood has left Brighton to join Championship rivals Aston Villa as assistant manager to Steve Bruce.

The former Scotland international defender had been working as assistant to Chris Hughton at Brighton since the start of the 2015/16 season.

Calderwood spent a season of his playing career with Aston Villa in 1999/00 and Bruce expressed his delight at attracting a coach of his calibre to the club:

We’ve got an experienced guy and a good football man. It was important for me to get someone of his nous.

When I heard Colin was interested he shot to the top of the pile. We interviewed two or three people.

But once I knew Colin was available there was only one person I wanted here.

– Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce

Calderwood leaves Brighton for Aston Villa

Colin Calderwood is off to Villa Park. Credit: PA

Colin Calderwood has joined Aston Villa as assistant manager after the club agreed a compensation package with Brighton.

The Scot had been Chris Hughton's right-hand man at the Amex since arriving in 2015.

Brighton & Hove Albion confirmed today they had agreed a compensation package with Aston Villa shortly ahead of last night's match, allowing for Colin Calderwood's release from his notice period this weekend.

The club would like to thank Colin for his service since February 2015 and to wish him well for the future.

Brighton & Hove Albion will now look to finalise its recruitment process for a new assistant manager.

– Brighton statement

Championship report: Birmingham 1-1 Aston Villa

Birmingham's David Davis (left) celebrates his equalising goal. Credit: PA

David Davis clinched a deserved point for Birmingham as Aston Villa escaped with a 1-1 derby draw.

The midfielder fired in a second-half equaliser after Gary Gardner had given Villa the lead with his first goal for the club.

Clayton Donaldson missed two golden chances in each half as Birmingham dominated for long spells but let Villa off the hook.

Jacques Maghoma wasted a fine opening and Ryan Shotton spurned a late chance to win it as former Blues boss Steve Bruce took a point on his St Andrew's return.

Steve Bruce talks up England job

Steve Bruce. Credit: PA

Steve Bruce has admitted he still harbours ambitions of one day managing England despite being unveiled as Aston Villa boss earlier this month.

The 55-year-old's decision to take over at Villa Park effectively ruled him out of the running to become the permanent successor to Sam Allardyce.

But Bruce has never made any secret of his desire to manage his country and says any future opportunity would be too hard to turn down.

Bruce told BBC Radio Five Live: "If you're English and there's anything about you then of course to manage the national team has got to be the pinnacle of anybody's career.

"You've got to pinch yourself and think, 'how lucky am I?' because it is a privileged position and the biggest job to have is to manage your country whether it's football, cricket or rugby.

"So maybe in the future it might be there, but at the moment I'm just enjoying my time trying to turn this club around."

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