Nottingham Forest are lining up a move for Reading midfielder Josh Laurent, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

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

The 26-year-old fits the bill of a midfield general and Forest are now preparing a swoop on their Championship rivals.

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


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

Back in May, it was claimed that Reading were demanding £8 million for Laurent, amid interest from Rangers (The Sun).

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

Reading are currently operating under restrictions in the transfer market and are in need of a cash boost.

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.

Laurent could be shrewd business for Forest

Laurent has only just turned 26 and he fits the profile nicely of a player who Forest should be attracting.

He is yet to reach his prime, has Championship experience and perhaps crucially Forest won’t have to pay a fortune for him.

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Laurent is a midfield battering ram and his presence in the Forest midfield could be a useful asset next season.

The player would compliment the likes of Ryan Yates, Cafu and Jack Colback nicely and he helped Reading flirt with the play-offs last season.

Forest might need to act quickly but this is a deal the club should definitely look to do.

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