Leeds United lend January offer to sign John Swift
Leeds United are reportedly preparing an offer for Reading midfielder John Swift ahead of the next January transfer window.
According to a report by Football initiate, Leeds United are set to make an offer for Reading midfielder mainstay John Swift in the next transfer window as manager Marcelo Bielsa considers reinforcements.
A product of Chelsea’s youth academy, Swift had a series of loan spells early in his career, spending time at Rotherham United, Swindon Town and Brentford before signing permanently for Reading in 2016. The 26-year-old years has become a key. member of the Royals, making 185 appearances in which he produced a total of 31 goals and 35 assists.
Swift has been on Leeds United‘s radar for some time now. The Whites had shown interest in the Englishman in 2019 and the summer of last year but were unable to make the transfer. However, they continued to monitor his progress and have been impressed with his performance this season after an injury-ridden 2020/21 campaign.
Swift has recorded a very impressive eight goals and seven assists in 21 appearances in the EFL Championship this season, catching the attention of Leeds United, who are now set to step for him in the January window.
The Whites find themselves dangerously close to the relegation battle due to a string of key player injuries that have left Marcelo Bielsa barely stretched in several areas of the pitch. Add to that the struggles of Rodrigo Moreno and Mateusz Klich, and they lack contributions to the attacking midfielder’s area goals, with the pressure falling largely on Raphinha to deliver the goods.
As a result, Leeds United are looking to add another attacking midfielder to their ranks who can contribute with goals and assists. West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini has been linked, but East Londoners should block move for Argentine while the Juventus playmaker Aaron Ramsey is also on the club’s radar.
Swift has also become a realistic option for the Yorkshire club. He is entering the final six months of his contract with Reading, which means his asking price is expected to drop below the £ 7million the Championship side were previously asking him for. Leeds are now believed to be making a bid to try to lure the ex-Chelsea ace to Elland Road next month.
Given the lack of quality depth in the ranks, it is imperative that Leeds increase their options in January to move away from the drop zone and maintain their Premier League status. And a move for Swift, who can not only play as a No.10 or No.8 but also wide on the flanks, would be a step in the right direction.