Rangers and Brighton are eyeing an £8m move for impressive Reading midfielder Josh Laurent, according to The Sun.

London-born Laurent had stints at QPR and Brentford early in his career but had to move down the divisions before receiving regular first-team football.

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Rangers and Brighton are reportedly keen on Josh Laurent. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

After time at Hartlepool United, Wigan Athletic and Bury (loan), he joined Shrewsbury Town in 2018 and it was at New Meadow that he really found his feet, turning out alongside Greg Docherty in midfield during the former Rangers player’s 2018/19 loan stint.

He made the step up from League One to the Championship last summer on a free transfer and after an impressive first full season in the second tier, is attracting interest.


The Sun reports that the 26-year-old has impressed Steven Gerrard and Brighton boss Graham Potter with his performances in a deep-lying role.

He started 45 of Reading’s 46 league fixtures, scoring three goals and was recently voted their Player of the Year.

Laurent is only contracted until the summer of 2022, though, so it’s suggested that a fee of £8m may be enough to sign him.

The report states that the Gers believe he could be an ideal signing to strengthen the spine of the team for Champions League football.

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Reading manager Veljko Paunovic is a huge fan of the 6ft 2″ midfielder. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Reading manager Veljko Paunovic waxed lyrical about Laurent: “He’s had a fantastic season, I’m very happy for him and proud of his achievements. He’s worked hard and I think he’s benefitted from the huge amount of personality he has” [Readingfc.co.uk].

Midfield is an area Rangers need to strengthen in, despite the imminent arrival of Nnamdi Ofoborh from Bournemouth.

That’s because Bongani Zungu is heading back to parent club Amiens, while it’s unknown whether or not Ryan Jack will be fully fit for the start of the season after recently undergoing surgery.

Laurent has clearly impressed in the Championship this season, but it remains to be seen whether or not the Gers would be willing to fork out as much as £8m on a single player in the upcoming window.

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