Fulham have launched contract renewal negotiations with midfielder Harrison Reed, with the Cottagers keen to ward off interest from prospective suitors, the Evening Standard reports.
The Englishman has one year left on his contract at Craven Cottage, and the West Londoners are keen to tie him to a new long-term deal.
Reed was subject to interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers during the summer transfer window, but a move failed to materialise.
The Midlands club lodged a deadline day bid worth £3 million for the former Southampton man, but it was rejected out of hand by Fulham, who deemed the proposal to be insufficient.
Despite Wolves harbouring a substantial interest in Reed, a second bid never arrived from Gary O’Neil’s side, with the club reluctant to meet Fulham’s asking price.
With the summer window now closed, Fulham are actively trying to tie Reed to a long-term deal that is expected to come with a pay rise.
Reed was reportedly open to the switch to Molineux Stadium but will also welcome the chance to extend his ongoing four-year stay at Craven Cottage even further.
The 28-year-old reportedly takes home around £30,000 a week at Fulham, but they are willing to offer him much more in a bid to extend his stay at the club beyond next summer.
After graduating from the Southampton youth system and spending the subsequent two years on loan spells with Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers, Reed joined Fulham on an initial loan deal.
His performances convinced the Cottagers to fork out £6m to make his stay permanent, and he has gone on to make 150 appearances for the West Londoners, bagging three goals and 11 assists.
Reed has already made five appearances across all competitions this term, contributing an assist and remains a key part of Marco Silva’s set-up.
Fulham have an option to extend his current deal by an additional 12 months, but they want to table an entirely new deal, for the central midfielder.
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