The 21- year - outdated, who was a transfer goal for several Sky Bet Championship clubs this summer months, has set pen to paper on a one - 12 months deal with the alternative of another twelve months.
Laing was signed by the Black Cats from underneath the noses of his hometown club Newcastle in 2009. At the time, he was likened to then-England captain John Terry and was rated as 1 of the best prospects in the region.
Also equipped to play as a keeping midfielder, Laing has represented England from Less than - 16 to Less than -19 degree, exactly where he very first arrived to the awareness of Forest's previous England youth coach Brian Eastick.
Laing created just 1 overall look in the Premier League for Sunderland in a three - 1 defeat in opposition to Wolves in 2011 and experienced a financial loan spell at Wycombe where he performed 11 online games in the 2011- twelve season.
Regardless of his lack of encounter, Manchester United took him on demo in April although Blackburn had been also intrigued in the 6ft 3in centre- back and supplied him a deal at Ewood Park.
Meanwhile, Forest's teenage goalkeeper Jordan Smith is on the radar of a handful of golf equipment in League One and League Two.