Rangers have been linked with a move for Reading ace Josh Laurent ahead of next season and he could be a superb addition to Steven Gerrard’s side at Ibrox should he make the move north this summer.
According to The Sun, Rangers and Brighton are keen on signing the 26-year-old this summer after his impressive debut campaign with the Royals.
The report suggests that Gerrard is keen to improve the spine of his team by signing the powerful midfielder, who they estimate would cost Rangers around £8m this summer.
Laurent joined the Championship side on a two-year deal from Shrewsbury Town last summer and was a key player in Veljko Paunović’s side as they narrowly missed out on a playoff spot in England’s second tier.
The English midfielder would make 45 appearances for the Madjeski Stadium outfit, contributing three goals and three assists, earning himself a solid 6.88 rating for his performances from WhoScored.
He has been deployed mainly in a defensive midfield role by Paunović and has averaged two tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game in the Championship, with WhoScored suggesting that his defensive contribution is his main strength.
Gerrard will surely be looking to add depth in midfield ahead of next season, as Ryan Jack’s long-term injury this season has often forced the 40-year-old manager to rotate four players – Steven Davis, Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo and Scott Arfield – in his midfield three.
Therefore, with Kamara also being heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, it seems likely that the Gers will add some midfielders to their squad ahead of next season, and Laurent could prove to be a very shrewd addition.
He was recently named as the supporter’s Player of the Season at Reading, which led Paunovic to sing his praises, with the Serbian manager saying:
“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 has benefitted from the huge amount of personality he has.”
Therefore, after his impressive debut campaign in the Championship, Laurent could definitely prove to be similarly effective at Ibrox next season, so sporting director Ross Wilson should definitely be looking to bring him in.
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