Nottingham Forest are considering Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed as an alternative to Jack Colback, according to the Nottingham Post.
The Reds are hoping to still land Colback who has spent the last 18 months on loan at the City Ground.
Finances aren’t straight forward on that deal, however, and Forest are preparing contingency plans.
The 24-year-old doesn’t just have Forest considering a move this summer. Premier League duo Norwich City and Burnley are also interested in securing his services.
Reed spent last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers where he scored three goals in 36 appearances for the club.
Southampton are willing to let Reed leave this summer either on loan or permanently, with the player surplus to requirements under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
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Lots of Forest fans would certainly welcome Colback back to the club this summer.
That said, it is a wise move to pursue other avenues, especially considering the finances involved with his Newcastle deal.
Reed is a proven Championship performer following spells at Norwich and Blackburn and would be a decent enough acquisition.
It is fair to suggest that some midfielders will need to be moved on, should any more be signed, however.
Ben Watson, Liam Bridcutt, Adlene Guedioura, Claudio Yacob and Ryan Yates can all play in the middle of the park and one or two of those could do with moving on.
Forest would be wise to avoid stockpiling their squad with too many loan players and if the numbers were right a permanent deal for Reed would surely be preferred.