Leeds United have reportedly registered their interest in signing Reading midfielder John Swift according to Football Insider.
Swift has been in impressive form for the Royals this term, and has scored five goals and been on hand to provide 11 assists in his 42 appearances for Mark Bowen’s side this season in the Championship.
Berkshire Live have previously revealed that Sheffield United are also keen to land the midfielder’s signature heading into the summer transfer window, so it seems as though he’ll be a player in demand at the Madejski Stadium.
Speaking in an interview with Football Insider, former Sunderland and West Brom striker Kevin Phillips issued his thoughts on Swift’s potential arrival at Elland Road, and admitted that he is a fan of the former Chelsea midfielder.
“Swift is a good technical player. He is a very good ball player and scores a goal as well.
“Whether he can make that jump to the Premier League and be successful only time will tell but I am a big fan of the player.”
Phillips went on to admit that signing the 25-year-old for a fee in the region of £5million would be ‘fantastic business’, but felt as though he wouldn’t be a regular in the Leeds team if he signed for the club.
“However, any side that gets promoted would be looking at him as a squad player rather than somebody to play week in, week out.
“It is important for those teams to bring in quality not quantity and he has qualities. If you could bring someone like him in for £5million that would be fantastic business.”
Leeds return to action in the Championship when they take on relegation-threatened Barnsley on Thursday evening, in a game they’ll be expected to pick up three points from.
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I’m not sure I agree with Phillips here.
Swift has impressed me for Reading this season, and I’m not surprised to hear that he’s attracting interest from other clubs heading into the summer transfer window.
But a move to Leeds wouldn’t suit him in my eyes, as he’s not known for his work rate, which is something that Marcelo Bielsa demands from his players.
I do think Swift is capable of making the step up to the Premier League, but I’m not convinced that it would be a good move to head to Elland Road.