Kevin Phillips has backed Nottingham Forest to re-sign former midfielder Henri Lansbury during the January transfer window.

The ex-Premier League talisman has been speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Lansbury, who was left out of Dean Smith’s 25-squad for their top-flight campaign.

A former Forest midfielder, Lansbury departed the City Ground in acrimonious fashion back in 2017.

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The 26-year-old apparently forced through the move to Villa Park, making it clear he was keen to sign for a club who were Forest’s rivals in the Championship at the time.

Forest recouped £2.75 million for the player but injuries and failure to hold down a regular place have hampered his progress.

Now, Phillips believes Chris Hughton might look to sign Lansbury during the January transfer window.

He told Football Insider: “I think he will move back to the Championship in January.

“I would imagine his time at Villa is up. He has had a good little run.

“It’s down to Lansbury but he looks like a player who loves his football. He may go back to Forest, you never know.

“He might head back there in January and help Chris Hughton tackle the Championship. It would certainly not surprise me if he signed for Forest in January.”

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Lansbury is capable of playing in the number eight midfield role that Forest still find themselves lacking.

Ryan Yates, Jack Colback and Samba Sow are all similar, whilst Harry Arter is the closest Forest have to Lansbury, although it doesn’t come naturally to him.

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Lansbury could be the final piece of the jigsaw for the Reds but that wouldn’t stop some fans from not welcoming the move.

Some weren’t pleased with the way he decided to depart Forest after 150 appearances for the club and he’d certainly have a certain section to win over.

Lansbury is on £40,000-a-week at Villa Park and that has perhaps hampered his chances of finding a new club before now.

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