Leeds transfer news: New claim emerges over when Whites could sign ‘remarkable’ designer
Leeds United are set to wait until the summer before potentially welcoming Reading midfielder John Swift to Elland Road, according to the Daily Mirror reporter. david anderson.
Swift has been a long-term target for Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa, the first being bound with a move to Yorkshire in 2019.
What’s the latest on Swift?
It was claimed by Football Insider before the January transfer window opened, Leeds were lining up a bid for Swift.
The report suggests Reading’s £7m asking price has dropped due to the 26-year-old entering the final six months of his contract.
Swift has rejected the offer of a new contract at Select Car Leasing Stadium, meaning this month is the last opportunity for his Championship employers to cash in.
But it looks like Swift could still see out the rest of his contract at Reading instead of getting a change this month as soccer world league reported that the Royals are confident they can keep the central midfielder on their books beyond January.
With The Athletic’s Leeds correspondent Phil Hay previously suggesting Bielsa ‘made like Swift’, it could be a blow for the Argentine.
He could also be an alternative option to Red Bull Salzburg attacking midfielder Brenden Aaronson after Los Blancos saw a £15m offer. rejected earlier this week.
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What did David Anderson say about Swift?
Anderson understands that Swift isn’t necessarily looking to move before the transfer window closes.
Instead, the reporter believes the midfielder is eager to use his precarious contract situation to his advantage and wait until the summer in order to potentially secure a higher salary with his new employers.
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Anderson told GIVEMESPORT: “The only thing I’ve been told about him is that he would prefer to leave it until the summer and then obviously make his choice of clubs.
“Obviously if you leave on a Bosman it means you get a higher salary than if you were to move now.
“What I’m told is that he’s ready to see the season end with Reading and then, whether they get relegated or not, move on this summer.”
Has Swift been linked to any other clubs?
Swift was recently described as ‘remarkable’, so it should come as no surprise that other Premier League teams have shown interest in the creative midfielder.
West Ham United transfer insider ExWHUemployee suggested the Hammers were interested in securing Swift’s services.
Aston Villa, Brentford and Newcastle United have also has emerged as fans after Swift showed the threat he possesses in the final third by scoring 17 goal contributions and with an impressive average 2.7 assists per game so far this season.
Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers were also review offers in November, but neither have yet solidified their interest.
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