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Reading midfielder John Swift refuses Premier League move?

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Reading midfielder John Swift has been linked with a move to the Premier League side in the January transfer window. Leeds United, Brentford, Newcastle United, and Wolves are all interested in signing the 26-year-old.

Reading Chronicles claim that John Swift will stay with Reading till the end of this season. The midfielder has expressed no interest in leaving the club in January. The club will take the January offers into consideration for a move next summer.

The English midfielder moved to Reading in 2016 and is about to complete 6 years with the club making 185 appearances. Swift does not wish to leave the club at the brink of relegation and wants to make sure they survive in the 2nd tier at the end of the season.

Losing Swift will deal a huge blow to Reading as he has been their stand-out performer this season. The Chelsea graduate is the top scorer(8) at the club this season despite playing from the midfield. He has also set up the most amount of goals(9) this season for the Royals.

The midfielder plays a pivotal role for Reading who is currently 21st on the table, just 2 points above the relegation zone. If Swift was to move in January, Reading could struggle and slip down in a relegation battle.

Bielsa’s Leeds has shown interest in securing the signature of the Reading man. Bielsa’s admiration of Swift is no secret. This is what the Leeds manager had to say about Swift back in February 2020:

[John] Swift is a great player.

I value him a lot. He is a player who appears suddenly in attack and the same in transition between defence and attack. But he’s especially good when he passes from the defence to the attack.

What next for Reading’s John Swift?

Swift’s contract with Reading expires next year. Which would make him a free agent. He has expressed no feeling about renewing his contract.

Swift will remain with the Championship club and help them survive in the league this season, but he will likely move in the summer.

The Royals will have one last chance to cash in on him in the mid-season transfer window, but an extended stay in the Championship will be the priority for the club.

The 26-year-old will have options from the Premier League next summer as a number of clubs will line up for his signature. This seems like the right time for the talented midfielder to make a move to a bigger club with ambitions.

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