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Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed has joined Fulham on loan with an option to buy, per the Championship club’s official website.
The 24-year-old has been sent on a number of short-term deals during his time at the Saints, playing for Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers prior to his move to Craven Cottage.
Reed, a midfielder who has been capped at England youth level, has made a total of 30 appearances for the Saints.
He has not played in the Premier League since 2017, making a five-minute cameo in a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
However, Reed does have a great deal of Championship experience, having played 72 times in the second-tier.
Reed appears almost certain to eventually leave Southampton.
He does not appear to have the quality required to make his way into the first-team and appears better suited to the second-tier.
And with Fulham holding the option to buy Reed outright, he has the chance to finally earn himself a permanent move away.
Should Fulham not take up that option, Reed’s contract will have just twelve months left on it next summer – that only further insinuates a permanent departure from Southampton before the start of the 2020/21 season being largely inevitable.
He does not have much hope of making his way at St Mary’s; Fulham is his chance to finally get away from the Saints and kickstart his career.