Nottingham Forest want to sign Reading midfielder Josh Laurent, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

Laurent only arrived at Reading last summer but the Royals are currently cash-strapped and need to raise funds pretty quickly.

The 26-year-old fits the bill of a midfield general and Forest are now preparing a swoop on the Berkshire-based club.

Last season he fired three goals and registered three assists as he made 46 appearances for the Royals in all competitions.

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He missed just one league game all season and even captained the team during a final day draw with Huddersfield Town.

Laurent won the club’s Player of the Year award last season. They are in a difficult position though, with their midfield warrior out of contract next summer.

Laurent has played for several teams in the Football League. He starred at Shrewsbury but has also turned out for Hartlepool, Bury, Wigan and Brentford.

The Reds have added just one player to their ranks this summer. Americal goalkeeper Ethan Horvath is the only new recruit and Hughton would dearly like some business done before Sunday’s big kick-off.

Reading fans uneasy with Laurent departure

A good indicator of whether or not a club is getting a good signing is by taking a quick look on Twitter at what fans are saying.

It’s fair to say that Reading are desperate to keep hold of their midfield maestro and don’t welcome the links with a move to Forest.

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Laurent was fantastic for the Royals last season and he very nearly capped it by leading Reading into the play-offs.

That wasn’t to be, but it was clear that the player is capable of doing wonderful things in the second tier.

With that in mind, it’s easy to see why Reading fans want him to be kept around and they’ve been discussing today’s rumour on Twitter.

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