By Mark Smith

10th Jun, 2021 | 2:45pm

Beren Cross responds to Leeds-Harrison Reed links after summer switch mooted

Beren Cross has responded to links that Leeds United are considering a summer switch for Fulham midfielder Harrison Reed.

The Daily Mail have reported this week that the Whites want to bring the Englishman to Elland Road after his recent relegation to the Championship.

Cross insisted that appears unlikely, with Reed expected to cost a hefty sum for someone who will likely sit on the bench behind Kalvin Phillips.

Writing in a Leeds Live Q&A on Thursday afternoon, Cross shared an update that looks as though it will shut down all rumours before they even began.

There’s nothing solid I have seen or heard on Reed yet,” he said.

“He certainly plays in the right position, but would he be happy to sit on the bench behind Phillips for 35 weeks of the season? Won’t be cheap either, as most English players aren’t.”

Another off the list?

Later in the Q&A, Cross shared that the primary target was an unnamed left-back at Elland Road, as we look to strengthen the squad.

Victor Orta has admitted that he wants his transfer business sorted before pre-seaosn starts, which is usually at the beginning of July.

Reed will surely want to stick in the Premier League, after finally getting there after spells at Fulham and Blackburn after being sent out by former club Southampton.

Whether the Cottagers would be happy with that, remains unknown.

Players they signed over the past year will surely have release clauses after their relegation, and that could make this move more attainable.

Time will tell over the summer, but it appears as though this is one that won’t be happening.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set for numerous player exits this summer, recruitment drive ready – Graham Smyth