Leeds transfer blow as ‘sensational’ star ‘wants to stay’ at current club in Jan – report

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Leeds United target John Swift wants to stay at Reading in January, according to the Reading Chronicle.

The midfielder has long been linked with a move to Elland Road and last week (10 December) Phil Hay gave fresh hope that a deal could be done next month.

Swift’s contract in Berkshire expires at the end of the season, meaning he would be available for a cut-price fee in the January transfer window.

However, the Reading Chronicle claim that the 26-year-old has no immediate plans to leave the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

The report adds that Swift wants to help the Royals survive relegation from the Championship and that a move is more likely to happen next summer (2022) when he will be a free agent.

Not good news

This news will be a blow to Leeds as Swift is likely to be one of the players they are monitoring ahead of the transfer window opening.

Marcelo Bielsa has not traditionally recruited heavily in January, but that may change this year as the Whites look to add quality to survive relegation from the Premier League.

Injuries have left them short in midfield, so Swift would have been a very good addition for a fairly minimal price.

The 26-year-old’s form this season has been described as “sensational” and he has eight goals and nine assists to his name in 21 Championship appearances.

You would think that if he does not leave Reading in January, then Leeds would go back in for him in the summer when he will be available for free.

He will not be short of suitors though, so the Whites will have to act quickly to snap him up.

In other Leeds United news, Marcelo Bielsa has commented on the chance of loan players returning to Elland Road in January.

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