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Fulham closing in on Southampton double deal for Harrison Reed and Mario Lemina

Fulham are close to striking a double deal for Southampton midfield pair Harrison Reed and Mario Lemina.

The Premier League new boys have activated their £8m option to sign anchorman Reed from the south coast club following their promotion to the top flight.

And Lemina is set to move to Craven Cottage on loan for an initial £2m fee, with an obligation for Fulham to buy him if they stay up.

Midfielder Reed has spent the season on loan at play-off final winners Fulham from Southampton.

Fulham, who beat neighbours Brentford in extra time at Wembley to secure promotion, had an option in the deal to buy Reed for £8m if they clinched promotion and a lower fee if they failed to go up.

Southampton have been looking for a buyer for Gabon midfielder Lemina for some time.

They were hoping to recoup at least £10m for him having spent £15.4m to sign him from Juventus in 2017.

But with no club prepared to meet their asking price he spent last season on loan at Galatasary and will now head to top flight new boys Fulham.

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