Burnley’s £4m bid for Henri Lansbury accepted by Nottingham Forest
Burnley have had a club record £4m offer for long-term target Henri Lansbury finally accepted by Nottingham Forest.
And the Forest captain is travelling north for talks as Sean Dyche looks to conclude a drawn-out pursuit of the former Arsenal midfielder.
It is the third-successive transfer window Burnley have bid for the former Arsenal youngster, having seen a £3.5m bid rejected last summer, and a subsequent £4m offer in January.
Last month, the Clarets had an offer dismissed as “too low to comment on” by Forest boss Dougie Freedman, before a “seriously improved bid” later in the day failed to trigger a clause in Lansbury’s contract allowing him to leave the City Ground if a club offer a certain fee, thought to be in excess of £4m – although it is understood that clause only applies to Premier League clubs
Freedman made his feelings known: “Burnley talk a good game, they try to throw their weight around. But it does not influence us at all.
“Henri is my captain, he has done brilliantly for us and he is a fantastic guy to work with. He is good quality.
“As far as I am concerned, the chairman has a few quid and he is a good man. He has been fantastic. He has told me, very openly, that I pick the players, pick the team and I decide who stays and who goes. That is what I have done this summer.
“We have brought in a couple of good signings. We will continue to try to do that.
“Because we are under an embargo, people think that we need to sell our players. People think that we have to do that.
“But we do not need the money. The chairman has a few quid in the bank. We have, unfortunately, before my time, gone over the rules, when it comes to what we have spent, as have a few other clubs.
“We are suffering because of that. But it does not mean that we have to sell players. I am a believer that, if a player does not want to be here, then they won’t be.”
But the Clarets now finally appear on the verge of landing their man.