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Rangers join Brighton in hunt for influential EFL star, seven-figure fee quoted

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Josh Laurent is attracting significant summer interest as the transfer window prepares to reopen.

According to reports from The Sun, the Reading man is a summer target for both Brighton and Glasgow Rangers as they put plans in place for the new season.

A product of the Wycombe Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers youth set-up, Laurent made his first team breakthrough with Hartlepool United before joining Wigan Athletic, where he spent a frustrating year.

In that time he enjoyed time on loan with Bury before moving to Shrewsbury Town in 2018.

The 26-year-old enjoyed two successful campaign with the Shrews before completing a move to the Madejski Stadium on a free transfer last summer.

As far as debut seasons go, Laurent has certainly enjoyed life with the Royals after being a virtual ever-present for the club this term, making 46 appearances and scoring three goals.

Much of that success has come in a deep-lying midfield role – a position that he has certainly made his own.

With just one year left on his deal, The Sun claim that Laurent could command a fee of around £8million – a sum that Reading could find difficult to turn down in the current climate.

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The verdict

This would be a great move for Josh Laurent, if it was to come off.

There’s no question that the 26-year-old has enjoyed a wonderful first season with Reading, something that is proven by just how popular he is with the supporters.

But with clubs of the size and caliber of Brighton and Rangers said to be keen, it seems that he has a big decision to make.

Laurent is certainly capable of playing at a higher level and if the price is right it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him take to the challenge like a duck to water.


North East-based EFL writer and aspiring author

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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