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Fulham aim to sign outright loan pair Arter, Reed

Premier League new boys Fulham are seeking to sign their two on-loan midfielders for next season.

The London Evening News says Fulham are pressing ahead with permanent transfers for Reed and Arter and a new contract for manager Scott Parker.

The pair, who spent last season on loan from Southampton and Bournemouth respectively, are both firm favourites of Parker and keen on a stay at Craven Cottage.

Parker himself is set to extend his deal with the club having secured promotion, with talks to begin when they return from short breaks. The 39-year-old and his coaching staff were handed two-year deals in May 2019.

Reed has informed Southampton of his desire for a regular starting place, and while manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is an admirer of the 25-year-old, he cannot give such assurances despite the expected loss of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Tottenham.

Fulham remain in talks with the south coast club but are confident of sealing a deal worth around £8million for the tenacious midfielder.

Arter's loan deal included an obligation to buy for £4m had he made a certain number of starts. Despite that number not being met, Fulham remain keen on striking a deal.

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