Norwich City sign Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed

Harrison Reed has signed a season-long loan with Norwich City. Picture: Focus Images

Harrison Reed has signed a season-long loan with Norwich City. Picture: Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City have signed Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed on a season-long loan.

The Canaries were in the market for midfielders with both Graham Dorrans and Jonny Howson set for Rangers and Middlesbrough respectively and have moved for the Saints youngster.

Reed has come through the famed Saints academy and has made 17 Premier League appearances for the south coast club since breaking into the first team picture in August 2013.

After agreeing terms on a temporary switch to Carrow Road, Reed, 22, told Norwich City TV: “Speaking to the manager, it really encouraged me to join.

“From the outside, it’s a massive club pushing to get back to the Premier League. The philosophy here suits me down to the ground so I’m really excited and very happy it’s done.”

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Discussing his fifth summer addition following the arrivals of Marley Watkins, Angus Gunn, Mario Vrancic and Christoph Zimmermann, head coach Daniel Farke said: “Harrison is a young and talented player with lots of potential.

“He is technically very good with the ball and fits my idea of football. We will look to develop and improve him, so I’m looking forward to us working together.”

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City sporting director Stuart Webber added: “We are very grateful to Southampton for their assistance in ensuring the deal to bring Harrison to Carrow Road was completed swiftly.

“We are especially grateful to their director of football operations, Ross Wilson, for his role in helping to make this happen. Harrison will now link up with the rest of the senior squad for the remainder of their training camp in Ireland.”

Reed signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Saints last December and vice-chairman (football) Les Reed is keen for the former England Under-20 international to get regular game time.

“Harry has developed steadily, coming through the academy ranks to become part of our first-team squad,” Reed told Southampton’s website.

“This is an ideal opportunity for him to take the next step in his progression, at a strong Championship club who have ambitions to be competing at the top end of the league.

“Both Harry and the club believe the experience he will gain with Norwich will help him improve even further. Throughout his loan we will be monitoring his performances and we will be in regular dialogue with the staff at Norwich. We look forward to welcoming him back at the end of the season.”

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