Everton have joined the race to sign Harrison Reed.
That’s according to journalist Miguel Delaney, who has reported that the Toffees are looking to beat Wolves to the signing of the Fulham midfielder.
Reed has spent the last four years at Craven Cottage since joining the club from Southampton and played a key part in their two promotions to the Premier League since.
The midfielder scored three goals and provided four assists as he made 37 appearances in the top flight last season, while he has started two of Fulham’s three opening games – including their win over Everton on the opening day.
While the Cottagers have the option to extend Reed’s contract by a further year when it expires next summer, he could still be on his way out today as Wolves push to sign him.
Everton will have to compete with Wolves for Harrison Reed
Fabrizio Romano reported yesterday that the Midlands club had had an initial bid for Reed rejected, while they are expected to make a further offer before tonight’s deadline.
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Marco Silva has already confirmed that Fulham are in talks to renew the ‘immense’ 28-year-old’s contract in a bid to keep him at the club, however Everton are now prepared to challenge them to bring him to Goodison Park.
The Toffees are yet to replace Tom Davies after he was released at the end of last season, while Alex Iwobi‘s looming switch to Craven Cottage leaves them light in the middle of the park.
It is unclear how much Everton would have to cough up to bring Reed in, though Wolves may have the financial advantage following Matheus Nunes’ £53m move to Man City.
However, Sean Dyche’s side look set to rake in around £22m for Iwobi and could use that cash to secure a deal for Reed.