In what could be one of the most controversial moves of the season, Derby are trying to lure Nottingham Forest ace Henri Lansbury across Brian Clough Way.
The midfielder’s contract expires in the summer, and it’s believed the Rams are trying to test their rivals resolve with a £2.5m bid.
Derby boss Steve McLaren is still hopeful of leading his side into the Premier League, and the east Midland side view Lansbury as a man who can help achieve that target.
The 26-year-old has scored six goals and supplied three assists for Forest this season, but the Reds are tumbling down the table.
Fans would be in uproar if Forest chose to sell, while Lansbury would quickly go from hero to zero should be make the switch.
Nathan Tyson was the last player to move directly between the two sides, having run down his Forest contract in 2011.
Kris Commons and Robbie Earnshaw have also earned notoriety in the east Midlands for the same reason.
Watford and Burnley have also been linked with a move for Lansbury, who began his career at Arsenal, making three Premier League appearances.
Forests’ troubles have been compounded lately after being placed under a transfer embargo as the club await confirmation of a takeover by an American consortium.
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