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‘It would be good for him’ – Agent of Leeds linked midfielder opens up on transfer claims

James Marshment
James Garner of Nottingham Forest shields the ball from John Swift of Reading

Leeds have been told that a move to Elland Road would be of interest to a highly-rated Championship star – but his agent insists there is yet to be any approaches made by the Whites.

The Whites have struggled a little during their second season back in the Premier League. While performances of late have been significantly better, they still have only two wins from their 12 games so far. That form threatens to see them placed into a relegation fight.

With the January window approaching, director of football Victor Orta is starting to shape plans to strengthen Leeds’ options.

That said, Marcelo Bielsa has been quick to play down the likelihood of Leeds doing any business.

One area they are keen to bolster is the central midfield. While Adam Forshaw has made a welcome return from a two-year hip problem, there are concerns they do remain light in that area.

As such, a number of names have been linked, including Reading’s John Swift.

The 26-year-old has been an influential figure for the Royals already this campaign. With eight goals and eight assists to his name in 18 appearances, it’s easy to see why he’s a man in demand. As such, it’s little surprise to see the talisman attracting a huge amount of interest from teams both in the Premier League and the Championship.

And with the 26-year-old out of contract at the end of the season, a number of clubs are sensing an opportunity. Indeed, as per the Sheffield Star, Burnley, Wolves and Sheffield United are all considering moves.

However, it is Leeds who are reportedly leading the chase. As such, reports claim a tempting may well be put before the Royals.

That will give Reading with plenty to think about. Talks over a new deal have failed to reach an agreement. And with Swift able to leave on a free transfer just six months later, they must reach a decision on his future.

Agent on John Swift

His agent though appears non-commital over links to Leeds, though did admit to LUFC FANZONE he would be keen.

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“There’s been a lot of speculation in the media about different Premiership clubs being interested in John,” he said.

“At the moment, his sole focus is on playing for Reading and doing the best he can with them.

“Leeds United is a great club and their style of play, manager, and fans would be good for John moving forward in his career.

“However, no formal approaches have been made that we are aware of by Leeds to Reading at this stage.”

Leeds tracking Ross Barkley

Leeds are also reportedly eyeing a January move for Chelsea’s Ross Barkley. The 33-times capped England man has managed just 126 minutes of Premier League action this season. As such, he appears way down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel.

The Blues could allow him to leave on loan, though competition for the 27-year-old appears tough.

Indeed, as per multiple reports, both Newcastle and Burnley are in the mix to sign him.

However, The Sun intimates Barkley favours a switch to Leeds. Indeed, Barkley counts Leeds among his former teams having played there on loan in 2013.

Barkley though would likely need to push to make the move away from Stamford Bridge. That’s with Tuchel seemingly unwilling to reduce his options.

And the midfielder will have just 18 months left on his deal come January.

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