Reading midfielder John Swift is said to be of interest to the likes of Wolves, Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Burnley ahead of the January transfer window, as exclusively revealed by Football League World late last month.
The playmaker has already been in fine form for the Royals so far this season, racking up an impressive seven goals and five assists in his opening 12 games in the Sky Bet Championship, thus seeing potential suitors rally around in order to keep an eye on his situation at the Berkshire club.
Of course off the field of play, the Royals are facing up the impending reality of being handed a points deduction by the Football League for their previous financial mismanagements, which could in turn put paid to any attempts that they have in mind to look to secure the long term future of Swift at The Select Car Leasing Stadium.
With the midfielder’s existing contract being set to expire in the summer of next year, the aforementioned Premier League quartet are aiming to tie up a deal for the player in the upcoming January window instead of waiting to snare him away on a free transfer, when there may be more interest in his services from other parties.
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Reading are now caught in a real catch-22 situation, with it appearing unlikely at present that they will be able to hand Swift a new contract, they must now decide as to whether to cash in on the player come the winter window or hold onto him and risk losing him for nothing in the hope that his performances can help them stave off relegation.
It’s a situation that no one connected with the club will have wanted to be in but at present there are certainly more pressing matters to attend to off the field before Swift’s future can be determined.