Leeds United, Newcastle United keeping tabs on John Swift

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Reading midfielder John Swift is allegedly being watched by Leeds United and Newcastle United in the Premier League.

The 26-year-contract old’s at Madejski Stadium expires in less than nine months. And the Royals may lose him for free the following summer.

According to The Star, Sheffield United failed to recruit Swift this summer with a £3.5 million deal. And the midfielder would only contemplate a transfer to Bramall Lane. Only if they were promoted to the Premier League this season.

Swift spent his formative years at Chelsea in the junior levels. Although he only made one professional appearance for the Blues before being farmed out to numerous lower-tier clubs. But it was at Brentford that he initially created a name for himself in senior football. He scored seven goals in 28 games, which earned him a permanent move from Chelsea to Reading in the Championship.

Swift is in his sixth season with the Royals and has established himself as a reliable player throughout the years. In total, he has 31 goals and 31 assists in 178 games for the Berkshire club in all competitions.

Newcastle was rumoured to be scouting Swift extensively earlier this month. To improve their midfield options following a rocky start to the new season. Which saw them tumble into the Premier League’s relegation zone. Following their Saudi-backed acquisition. They have been connected with several high-profile January signings as part of their survival quest.

With Jonjo Shelvey and Jeff Hendrick failing with consistency. And Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff are better suited to defensive midfield responsibilities. The Magpies could use Swift’s passing and box-to-box prowess.

John Swift To Be The New Signing for Newcastle In The New Era

Summer signing, Joe Willock has not been able to replicate his late-season surge of success while on loan last season. Swift may be one of those astute. Important acquisitions that propel them to the top of the table and kickstarts a turnaround.


Leeds, on the other hand. Have been looking for a new central midfielder for some time but have failed to add to their midfield lineup. With Mateusz Klich, Stuart Dallas, Tyler Roberts, and Rodrigo all failing in the Premier League this season. The Whites’ engine room requires a new face to challenge the quartet. While only time will tell if John Swift would make his reported transfer to Newcastle. The English Midfielder has been on the radars of multiple teams. With such stats, it will be only time before another team joins the race to sign him.

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