Nottingham Forest have been dealt a blow as they bid for survival in the Championship. Club captain Henri Lansbury has completed a move to Aston Villa in a three million pound transfer.

The November Player of the Month’s contract was due to expire in the summer, meaning Forest were forced to sell or risk losing the talented midfielder on a free transfer.

With a potential takeover hitting the rocks, a departed club captain and operating without a manager, times at the City Ground are tough for supporters as their patience gets seriously tested.

Lansbury arrived at the City Ground back in 2012 for a fee in excess of one million pounds from Premier League side Arsenal. During his five-year stay in Nottinghamshire, the 26-year-old amassed over 150 appearances for The Reds.

Speaking to the Aston Villa official website following the move, Lansbury said: “It’s the size and reputation of the football club that attracted me. It’s a big, big name in the English game and I can’t wait to get started here now.”

The West Midlands club recently got relegated from the Premier League, but the former European Cup winners have aspirations to return back into England’s top division at the first time of asking.

The midfielder has already won promotion from the Championship with Norwich City and West Ham United.