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Fulham set to complete signing of Harrison Reed

last updated Thursday 27th August 2020, 10:32 AM

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Fulham are set to complete the signing of midfielder Harrison Reed on a permanent deal from Southampton for £8million.

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan with the club and became a key cog in Scott Parker's side as they gained promotion back to the Premier League with a play-off final win over London rivals Brentford.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was happy to keep Reed as part of his squad on the south coast, but could not offer the same secure position available at Craven Cottage.

The Saints announced their new list of first-team squad numbers for the season ahead on Tuesday, with Reed absent.

The agreement between the two clubs was said to be straightforward given that Fulham had an option to make the loan move permanent before it expired.

However, talks were delayed as Reed's representatives opened discussions with demands over his salary that were higher than expected.

There has been plenty of interest in the midfielder who made his Southampton debut back in 2013 but has spent the past three seasons away on loan, with a number of Premier League clubs keen as well as the three sides relegated to the Championship last season.

However, having gained promotion from the second tier in 2019/20, Reed wasn't too keen on a return to the Championship and feels ready for the top-flight.

Reed's arrival will add to the signing of young full-back Antonee Robinson, who joined Fulham from Wigan earlier this month.

Source Jack Rosser at Evening Standard
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