Leeds in hunt to sign Fulham star Harrison Reed
Leeds United are eyeing a summer swoop to sign Fulham midfielder Harrison Reed, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper reports on their website that Reed, 26, has caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs after he played well this season despite Fulham’s relegation to the Championship.
It is understood that Leeds feel the former Southampton midfielder “would be an excellent addition” to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad at Elland Road.
If by the time next season comes around and Victor Orta has not added at least one new central midfielder to the squad, we’d be very disappointed.
Bielsa might want to keep faith in the player that he has and while we totally understand that, he must see that he needs to add some extra strength in depth at the very least.
Leeds struggled at times this season when they lost key players like Kalvin Phillips so a back-up for him, in the form of Fulham’s Reed, would make a lot of sense.
Reed made 33 appearances in all competitions for Fulham this season, playing either as a holding midfielder or in a central role for Scott Parker.
Speaking in February after a 1-0 win against Sheffield United, Parker was quoted by football.london as saying Reed was “exceptional” and “immense” in his midfield.
According to stats by WhoScored, Reed averaged 47.6 passes per Premier League game for Fulham this season, which ranked him second among the midfielders at Craven Cottage.
He had a pass accuracy of 86.2 per cent while he also averaged two tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 0.4 blocks in each league game.
Reed could be a great option for the squad but it remains to be seen how much he would cost.
He’s clearly a key player for Parker and Fulham paid £8million [Evening Standard] to sign him from Southampton last summer.
There’s no doubt the Cottagers would demand more than that this summer if Leeds come calling.
In other Leeds United news, are the Whites the unnamed club trying to hijack a deal for this defender?