Coventry City have reportedly agreed a fee with SPFL side Ross County for Scotland U21’s defender Josh Reid, as confirmed by journalist Scott Burns from the Daily Record Sport.
The Skyblues full-back is expected to make a permanent return to the club that gave him his first break in professional football, after a frustrating stint in England.
Who is Josh Reid?
The 21-year-old is a product of the Ross County academy, breaking into the first-team fold in 2020. Within six months, Reid completed a £300,000 move to Championship side Coventry City and was heavily involved in the clubs U21’s.
He failed to make a first-team appearance for the club and was loaned out to League Two side Stevenage in January 2023. However, Reid made just one appearance for Steve Evans’ side, which came during a 2-0 loss to Stockport County.
A big season ahead
Coventry City missed out on promotion to the Premier League last season, after a heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Luton Town in the play-off final. Therefore, Mark Robins’ side will be targeting another top six finish next season.
Meanwhile, Ross County avoided relegation to the Scottish Championship, after coming from behind to beat Partick Thistle via penalties in the relegation play-off final and will be desperate to avoid the drop again next season.
What’s been said?
According to journalist Scott Burns, Ross County and Coventry City have agreed a fee which would allow Reid to return to his boyhood club.
The official figure hasn’t been confirmed, but Burns confirmed the fee is ‘a lot less’ than the fee that Coventry paid for the left-back just two years ago.
As a Coventry City fan, Reid arrived with high hopes but the move was simply one that didn’t work out. He showed promise but didn’t appear to fit the clubs style of play and never made a first-team appearance.
Ross County needs to strengthen its squad, following a disappointing 2022/23 campaign and Reid will certainly add to the defensive quality within the side.