Report: Nottingham Forest want Southampton's Harrison Reed

Martin O'Neill of Nottingham Forest looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and  Brentford at City Ground on February 09, 2019 in Nottingham, England.

Nottingham Forest are reportedly interested in Southampton's Harrison Reed, but face Premier League competition for his signature.

Harrison Reed during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on August 14, 2018 in Southampton, England.

Nottingham Forest are hoping to sign Jack Colback again this summer, but Martin O'Neill has added Southampton's Harrison Reed to his wishlist in case they cannot bring the Newcastle United ace back for a third spell, according to a report from NottinghamshireLive.

Colback has been a terrific loan addition at the City Ground, making 54 Championship appearances across his two spells with the club. Unsurprisingly, Forest are keen to sign the 29-year-old for a third time, but they are also looking at alternative targets with another deal Colback unlikely to be cheap.

 

NottinghamshireLive reports that Forest have joined Premier League pair Norwich City and Burnley in the race to sign Reed, who the Saints could allow to leave on loan or permanently this summer.

A surprise package for Forest?

Reed may have struggled to break into Southampton's first-team, but the 24-year-old has impressed in the Championship, spending time on loan with both the Canaries and Blackburn Rovers.

Nottingham Forest's manager Martin O'Neill during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers at City Ground on May 5, 2019 in Nottingham, England.

He played 33 times in the league for Tony Mowbray's men this past season, scoring three times and contributing five assists.

It may be a surprise if he finds himself in Ralph Hasenhuttl's plans next year - especially when you consider how much depth and quality Southampton have in the middle of the park - but he would arguably be a very good signing for any team in the second tier. 

But the pressure will definitely be on if he heads to the City Ground as the signing tasked with filling the void left by Colback. 

Jack Colback of Nottingham Forest beats Bailey Peacock-Farrell of Leeds United to score goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground...

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