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If there was a sad element of Leeds United’s brilliant return to the Premier League last season, it was that Adam Forshaw wasn’t apart of it all that much.

The 29-year-old is still on Leeds’ books, but he was limited to playing reserve football last term.

That has nothing to do with ability and is strictly because the Liverpudlian has had a rotten time with injuries over the past two years.

In fact, Forshaw, a £4.5 million signing in January of 2018, hasn’t made a competitive appearance for the Elland Road club at senior level since September of 2019.

And if one transfer rumour is true, Leeds might be planning for life without him in the long term.

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The Whites, who enjoyed a stunning ninth-placed finish last term, are interested in signing Harrison Reed from relegated Fulham this summer [The Daily Mail].

Reed is a midfielder and would be signed as cover for Kalvin Phillips if a deal does materialise.

And this is bad news for Forshaw because if Reed does come in, it makes it that bit harder for the former Middlesbrough star next season – even if he is fit.

We can’t rule out a comeback for Forshaw because he played for Leeds’ Under-23s as recently as April and may well be involved in Marcelo Bielsa’s pre-season schedule.

In the nicest way, Forshaw won’t want Reed or any other midfielder added this summer.

But as heartbreaking as it is, Bielsa simply can’t rely on him to stay fit and therefore Reed – or somebody of that ilk – is a necessary addition, even if it pushes Forshaw further down the pecking order.

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