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Swansea and Burnley simply must make a move for this influential Reading star in the summer

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What a season it has been at the Madejski Stadium this season.

Reading are on the verge of a place in the end of season play-offs, and there is a real anticipation around the town that the club can rejoin the Premier League for the first time since 2013.

A home victory against all but relegated, Wigan Athletic, will secure a top six finish, and Jaap Stam will begin to plan ahead for the three games between his side and the top flight.

The club is awash with good young players, and many of Reading’s young stars are the product of Premier League academies.

Youngsters including John Swift, Tyler Blackett and George Evans came through the youth ranks at Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City respectively, and their experience with England’s top clubs has proved vital in Reading’s promotion push.

The former, John Swift, has been a stand-out performer.

Enjoying a fantastic loan spell in the league last year with Brentford, the Portsmouth born midfielder opted to move to Berkshire when his contract expired with his boyhood club last summer.

Swift is tied down to a long term deal, but his form this year will undoubtedly have gained the player admirers in the top flight.

Swift would fit into a number of teams in the Premier League, but two clubs stand out as potential destinations for the 21-year- old.

Burnley look set to be lose Joey Barton to an 18 month ban for betting offences, and will need to replace the former Newcastle United player.

Swift could be the man to make the move to Turf Moor.

Able to control games from the middle, Swift would fit seamlessly into the Clarets side, and would add depth and quality to an already shallow squad.

If Burnley stay up and Reading fail to be promoted, then Swift would have to consider any forthcoming offer from the club in the higher division.

The other possible destination for the player is Swansea.

The side from south Wales are in serious danger of relegation, and to confound their woes, look set to lose influential midfielder, Gylfi Sigurdsson, this summer.

Swift is suited to the role currently occupied by the Icelandic international, and his creativeness and ability to find goals is the mould of the former Tottenham midfielder.

A like for like swap, Swift would excel in the Swansea midfield.

If things remain the same and Swansea do go down, a move for Swift could still be on the cards.

Reading have a long way to go if they are to reach the top flight, and if they fail in their quest, a move to a Swansea side in the Championship may still appeal.

Supported by parachute payments, the Swans would be one of the favourites to go up, and Swift may decide a move to Paul Clement’s side is right for him to achieve his Premier League dream.


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Article title: Swansea and Burnley simply must make a move for this influential Reading star in the summer

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