Southampton's Harrison Reed likely to make permanent Fulham switch
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Championship play-off winners Fulham are looking more likely to bring  Southampton's Harrison Reed on a permanent basis following a successful loan spell last season.

Currently, the London side has an option to buy from Saints for £8m which is looking more likely to be taken up having been an integral member of Scott Parker's side which successfully gained promotion.

Fulham were promoted to the Premier League once again, following their 2-1 victory in the play-off final over Brentford, and as a result, it is being reported that it's increasingly likely The Cottagers will exercise their option to buy.

Hojbjerg replacement

With Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg set for a £15m move to Spurs, as previously reported on Vavel, it was anticipated Reed may return to Southampton to take up the Danes place.

However, it now looks likely that Ralph Hasenhuttl's side will look elsewhere with speculation, previously reported, linking the Saints with Schalke's Weston Mckenny.

This, of course, opens up the possibility of an exit for Harrison Reed with the midfielder deemed being surplus to requirements on the South Coast.

Some Saints fans have been excited about Reed's return to midfield side following some impressive displays for Fulham, but it seems the club hierarchy will look elsewhere having not featured for Southampton since the 2016/17 campaign when he played only 62 minutes in the league.

Fulham keen on a transfer

With promotion to the top flight, it is reported that Scott Parker is eager to bring back Reed by exercising the £8m option to buy.

The 25-year-old signed arrived on-loan during early August last year and has featured 28 times in the Championship, including the playoffs, chipping in with two assists.

In that time Reed became a key asset in Fulham's play-off charge as their key defensive midfielder.

Reed had risen through the ranks at Southampton and has had previous loan spells away at Norwich and Blackburn in the Championship in the two previous seasons to his loan at Fulham.