Nottingham Forest have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Harrison Reed, with the £12k-per-week Southampton midfielder admitting in a recent interview with the Lancashire Telegraph (h/t Nottinghamshire Live) that he wants to play in the Premier League next season.
Forest were linked with Reed as a Plan B option if they failed in their attempt to sign Jack Colback, but the 24-year-old has put a spanner in the works by suggesting he isn’t interested in a Championship move regardless.
Reed is on the periphery at Southampton and has spent the last two seasons in the Championship – Norwich City on loan in 2017/18 and Blackburn on loan in 2018/19. He doesn’t want to return, however.
The Englishman said: “I came (to Blackburn) to play lots of football and learn from a new manager and different types of football and styles. I want to be playing in the Premier League.
“I am a central midfielder and that’s where I like to play but I want to playing at 3pm on a Saturday. Every player wants to do that whether that’s in your position or another one to help the team. And I am happy to do that.”
Since rising through the youth ranks to the Southampton first-team in 2013, Reed has made 30 appearances in all competitions. His last outing for the Saints came against West Bromwich Albion on April 8, 2017.
It’s hard to see Reed having a future at St Mary’s as a result, but it’s also hard to see him considering a move to Forest this summer. The Reds will have to turn their attentions elsewhere.