The 27-year-old has been one of the first names on the teamsheet for the Royals this term, making 41 league appearances and recording two goals and four assists in the process, proving to be an integral asset for Paul Ince’s men.
Although his goals have been far and few between, they have come at crucial times with his winner against Blackburn Rovers and equaliser against Barnsley either side of the last international break of the season going a long way in keeping his side afloat in the division.
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Unfortunately for the Berkshire outfit though, the midfielder’s contract at the Select Car Leasing Stadium is due to expire at the end of season and although he is likely to be offered fresh terms, it’s currently unclear whether he will sign an extension or not.
The Bluebirds are one side thought to be weighing up a move for Laurent, who was previously the subject of interest from Brighton & Hove Albion and former Scottish Premiership champions Rangers last year after an excellent first season in Berkshire.
Nottingham Forest even went as far as making a formal offer for his services, though it’s their second-tier rivals Cardiff that may now be in a good position to recruit the Englishman.
This move doesn’t seem likely at this stage unless Steve Morison can sell him an exciting vision, with both the Royals and the Bluebirds finishing in the bottom half of the table during the 2021/22 campaign.
The Bluebirds may be free from restrictions, unlike his current side, but they won’t have all that much to spend if chairman Mehmet Dalman’s comments are anything to go by so he may as well just stay in Berkshire if given the choice between the two sides.
However, he could be tempted by a move to a side higher up the second tier, the best he could probably hope for at this stage after suffering a reasonably mixed season at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.
He may be 27 now – but there’s still room for improvement for the midfielder who made the step up to the second tier seamlessly back in 2020 and would thrive at most clubs.
Laurent may have had some low points during 2021/22 – but most players in his current side’s squad did during what was a tough campaign and you would certainly back him to have a better season next term, regardless of how well the Royals do if he stays.
And he would a useful asset at the Cardiff City Stadium with multiple midfielders out of contract and previous loanee Tommy Doyle heading back to Manchester City.