Stoke City, Reading and Cardiff City are all interested in a move for Shrewsbury Town midfielder Josh Laurent according to The Telegraph.

Journalist Mike McGrath has claimed that a trio of Championship clubs are monitoring Laurent with a view to making a move for the midfielder.

The 24-year-old enjoyed an impressive 2018/19 campaign and has scored three goals so far this season which has alerted several second-tier sides to his availability.

Stoke appear to be one of the early frontrunners for his services with Peter Etebo having already left the club and the Nigerian’s fellow midfielders Mark Duffy and Joe Allen tipped to follow him out of the Bet365 Stadium as the Potters look to reduce their wage bill.

IN OTHER NEWS:  Former West Brom favourite Kevin Phillips tips Liverpool starlet for Hawthorns switch

Laurent primarily plays in central midfield, however his versatility has seen him play in more advanced positions and out wide for Shrewsbury.

Laurent is a former Queens Park Rangers trainee but failed to make the grade at the London club with loan spells at Newport County and Bury following his departure from QPR.

However, he has been with Shrewsbury since the summer of 2018 and has scored seven goals in 70 appearances for the League One side.

Stoke boss Michael O’Neill is eager to add fresh faces to his squad without spending too much on transfer fees and Laurent represents an opportunity to do that but whether a move to the struggling Championship side appeals, remains to be seen.

IN OTHER NEWS:  Leeds United 'unlikely' to pursue deal for Daniel Ayala - journalist source

With Cardiff in better form in the Championship it may be difficult for the Potters to win the race to sign the midfielder should other clubs come calling.

About Author

Writer & Reporter for The72 - Cover all clubs across The Football League