Stoke City are one of several Championship clubs eyeing a move for Shrewsbury Town midfielder Josh Laurent according to a report in the Telegraph.
Journalist Mike McGrath claims Cardiff City and Reading are also keen on the sought-after schemer who’s been impressing in the Shrewsbury engine room.
The former QPR trainee has scored four goals in twenty-six outings for Salop this season, following on from an impressive campaign in 2018/19.
The twenty-four-year-old has limited Championship experience with Wigan Athletic and enjoyed a successful loan spell with Bury before establishing himself as a Shrewsbury regular.
Stoke boss Michael O’Neill is thought to be looking for midfield reinforcements with the departure Joe Allen back to the Premier League a distinct possibility.
Laurent is already known to Stoke fans having scored Shrewsbury’s winning goal in their dramatic FA Cup comeback at the Bet365 Stadium last season.
The report claims Stoke are looking at a ‘January deal’ for the sought after midfielder.
Laurent would add power to the Stoke midfield; he’s strong in the tackle and carry’s the ball well.
He can also pick a pass and recently added a few goals to his game, which is no mean feat in a Shrewsbury team not known for its attacking flair.
After a stop-start beginning to his career, a run of games at Shrewsbury has seen him flourish, and in our opinion, he is more than ready for another shot at the Championship.
He’s highly rated at Shrewsbury and supporters will no doubt be hoping he stays, but with his contract coming to an end a move looks likely.