Can Nottingham Forest keep hold of Henri Lansbury despite Burnley interest?

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Henri Lansbury has been on the radar of Burnley for some time now, and bids have reportedly come in for the Nottingham Forest player this past week.

The Daily Mail are speculating an offer of £3 million was rejected by the East Midland club over the weekend.

Growing interest

Both Forest's manager, Dougie Freedman, and Chairman, Fawaz Al-Hasawi, are insistent that they will not be selling their star players bdespite the transfer embargo currently imposed on their club. But can they keep hold of the former Arsenal midfielder.

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Recently relegated Burnley have been linked with Lansbury over the past year and Sean Dyche has been a long-term admirer of the midfielder. The club have made bids of up to two million in the previous transfer windows.

Lansbury has played a key rolesat Forest over the past season, captaining the side in absence of Chris Cohen, and so far the 24-year-old midfielder has kept relatively quiet over the speculation linking him to Dyche's club. He has kept his head down throughout pre-season training whilst still appearing in the East Midlands club's friendly fixtures.

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Forest have been under a transfer embargo since last December for failing to comply with financial-fair-play rules, but having reduced their wage bill as well as offloading players of less importance, they look could yet have full capabilities in the transfer market come the transfer window in January 2016.

Selling off high value players would obviously help them achieve that aim.

Not for sale

Throughout this entire speculation though, Forest manger Freedman has remained adamant that he will not sell his best players, with Michail Antonio also linked with a move away from the club.

During an interview with BBC Radio Nottingham, Freedman spoke about the interest in Lansbury, especially from Burnley.

‘’Burnley talk a very good game and try to throw their weight around. But Henri is my captain; he is a great guy to work with and has fantastic quality. That bid is not even worth a comment.’’

As far as the Forest staff are concerned, Henri Lansbury is going nowhere.

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