It looked like Sheffield United’s pursuit of John Swift was going very well following reports at the start of the week claiming that the deal looked likely to go through.
However, there is now a stumbling block as it seems that Reading are reluctant to let him depart in the summer.
According to journalist Courtney Friday, via Football League World, the Championship side are looking to block John Swift’s move to the Blades because they want to build the team around him next season.
Reading owner Dai Yongee is very keen on Swift staying at the Madejski Stadium, even if the midfielder would like to move to the Premier League side.
The 25 year-old has been vital in Reading’s Championship campaign this season as, prior to tonight’s game against Swansea, he has played 40 times and scored six goals whilst supplying 10 assists, per WhoScored.
He has averaged 1.1 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game, whilst at the other end of the pitch he averages 1.4 shots and 2.3 key passes per game. This shows that the Englishman can support the team in both attack and defence and has proven to be a well-rounded midfielder for the Royals, per WhoScored.
These stats highlight why the Blades want him and, at the reported price of around £3.5m, he looked like an absolute steal. However, Reading’s new stance on the player’s future is a huge stumbling block, but hopefully a deal could still be on the cards if Sheffield United were to submit a bigger offer.
Still, this is a worrying update from a Blades perspective. That they were looking to finalise this deal so early suggests that he was probably one of their top targets and, if they are unable to get him, it will likely leave Chris Wilder frustrated as he may be left with no option but to pursue alternative targets to a player that he seemingly very much wants at Bramall Lane.
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