Reading know they face a major battle to keep hold of John Swift beyond the January window, with the midfielder’s contract set to expire in the summer.
That means the winter window is the final chance for the Royals to get a fee for the influential 26-year-old if he won’t agree a new deal, and you would expect their resolve to be tested as the Sheffield Star revealed a host of Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on Swift.
One of those are thought to be Wolves, with Bruno Lage having made it clear that he wants to strengthen his squad after he didn’t receive much backing in the summer.
And, here we assess whether a potential move to Molineux would work out…
Is it a good potential move?
You’d have to say it would be a good move for Swift because he would be joining a Wanderers side that have established themselves as a good top-flight side in recent years. Plus, with Burnley and Leeds also thought to be keen, Wolves are the highest placed side.
So, the chance to move to the Black Country is going to appeal and Lage would be getting a very talented player at a knockdown price because of his contract situation.
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Would he start?
However, this is a factor that could work against Wolves and may put Swift off.
Lage has persisted with a 3-4-3 formation and whilst the Reading man could play in the central midfield two, that isn’t a position that would allow the player to flourish because it requires plenty of defensive discipline.
Therefore, you would expect Swift to be trying to take one of the two attacking midfield position behind Raul Jimenez.
Yet, with Adama Traore, Daniel Podence, Francisco Trincao, Hwang Hee-Chan and Pedro Neto also after those two places, it’s fair to say competition is fierce in that department.
Unless Lage changes formation, which is a possibility, then Swift would likely not start.
What does he offer?
Anyone who has seen the former Chelsea man play this season will see the quality he has.
Swift is excellent on the ball and he has added end product to his game this season on a consistent basis, with eight goals and seven assists a great return from 17 games.
Those performances show he is ready to make the step up and the technical attacking midfielder would be a bargain to most clubs outside the European places.