Aston Villa have signed Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury for a fee reported to be around £2.75 million on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

The midfielder who was out of contract in the summer, was linked to rivals Derby County earlier this month but their offer was rejected.

The 26 year-old, signed from Arsenal in 2012, has scored six goals this season but he has not played since a hamstring injury in a game against Derby in December.

Lansbury leaves Forest three points above the drop zone and joins Villa who are seven places higher in 13th.

Lansbury is Villa’s second January signing, following the arrival of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on loan from Manchester United.

Rudy Gestede has been sold to Middlesbrough with Aly Cissokho and Pierluigi Gollini both been loaned out.

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