Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has revealed that the club “tried very hard” to bring Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed back to the club, only for Fulham to swoop in to sign him on loan for the 2019/20 season.
Over the course of the 20181/9 Championship season, Southampton man Harrison Reed impressed during his loan spell with Blackburn Rovers. The midfielder played 36 during his season at Ewood Park, scoring three goals and providing seven assists along the way.
The versatile and energetic Reed was a valuable asset for Tony Mowbray and one that the Rovers boss wanted to bring back this summer. However, it was recently relegated Fulham who snapped the 24-year-old up in the end.
Mowbray has said that the club tried hard to bring him back but were fighting an uphill battle when pitted against Fulham, who are backed by hefty parachute payments.
“He was someone we tried very hard to bring back, yet we couldn’t match the financial power of a club have just been relegated from the Premier League,” Mowbray said to the Lancashire Telegraph.
“The numbers are quite dramatic, but what I would say is that we’ve been supported fantastically well. We were able to buy Gallagher in this window, there’s been financial backing, but when a team comes out of the Premier League with a parachute payment of £40m, it helps.
“We weren’t able to get some of the targets we wanted but that’s football and we will try and have a really good season.”
“Fulham can easily pick up the salary of a Premier League player,” Mowbray added.
“Last year with Harrison Reed it took a lot of negotiations, a lot of talking, I know the people at Southampton very well. But business is business. When you’re a Premier League club, they are rarely looking to do you a favour.”