By Doug Ward

14th May, 2021 | 4:58pm

Rangers in hunt to sign Reading midfelder Josh Laurent

Rangers are in the hunt to sign Reading’s Josh Laurent with Steven Gerrard impressed by the central midfielder, according to The Sun.

The newspaper claims the Gers believe Laurent, 26, is an “ideal” player who can strengthen their midfield options and help prepare for Champions League football next season.

It is understood that Brighton also want Laurent, who’s valued at £8million by Reading after an impressive season in the English Championship.

Zungu replacement?

Bongani Zungu’s loan deal is set to expire at the end of this week and it remains to be seen whether Rangers decide to sign the midfielder permanently from Amiens.

However, not only has he failed to perform on the pitch, he’s also not impressed off it and is among the five players who were banned for breaking COVID protocols earlier this year.

Zungu might as well be let go with Laurent coming in to replace him and bolster an area of the squad that needs that extra player if the South African is cut adrift.

Laurent has made 46 appearances in all competitions for Reading this season, scoring three goals and supplying three assists in the process.

He won the Royals’ player of the year award, with the English club’s website describing the 26-year-old as a “combative midfielder”.

It seems as though the ex-Shrewsbury man will cost a lot for Rangers, who haven’t spent £8million on a player in a very long time.

However, as they’re set to embark on a campaign in the Champions League, they’re bound to be able to push the boat out a little bit more in terms of signings.

Laurent sounds as though he’d be a good addition based on the Premier League interest in him, Gerrard’s verdict on the midfielder and also the fact he won Reading’s player of the year in what was an impressive league campaign for the Berkshire club.

Let’s see how this one unfolds.

In other Rangers news, Scott Allan has been gushing about this “incredible” Ibrox ace.