King’s Lynn agree deal for Wisbech midfielder Reed
King's Lynn have lined up a double swoop on Ridgeons neighbours Wisbech for highly-rated duo Callum Reed and skipper Paul Cousins.
Reed will make the cross-border switch - subject to paperwork being completed early this week - with Cousins announcing his decision whether to leave his hometown club on Thursday.
Reed rejected Lynn's overtures last season but Linnets' joint boss Kevin Boon is delighted Reed has agreed to move to The Walks.
'This is at terrific signing for myself and Gary (Setchell),' said Boon. 'A lot of things were said before but we understood that Callum wanted to show loyalty to Wisbech and Steve Appleby. When we looked at Callum the previous time he was also FA Vase-tied which had a bearing on the situation.
'We watched him again three or four times towards the end of last season and he was outstanding. I know the likes of Cambridge United have had a look but this is a great coup for us.'
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Boon revealed Lynn's management are also in the market for Fenmen skipper Cousins.
'Paul has a difficult choice to make because it's his hometown club and I understand what a wrench that would be to leave,' he said. 'But the likes of Roy McManus and Jackie Gallagher and plenty of others have made a similar move between the two clubs. For myself and Setch though he has been an outstanding player for the past 18 months or so that I have got back involved.
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'He typifies everything you want in a leader and an inspirational figure. Paul has asked for time to think about it and we respect that but hopefully by the end of the week we will have a positive answer. I know people might turn around and say the clubs are at the same level in non league football and whilst that is the case I'm sure any player looking at our club can see we are geared to go higher and we are ambitious to build on a successful first season.'