Whilst their place in the Premier League next season may be in doubt, the need for new players in the summer is something Leeds United will know for certainty.
And, it appears that Marcelo Bielsa and the Whites could be about to push on for one of their targets by making an offer.
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Leeds are prepared to make Reading an offer of £7million to sign John Swift in the summer, according to a report by Football Insider.
The 23-year-old is seen as an ‘ideal fit’ in Bielsa’s squad as the Argentine believes he has the capability of thriving in his team after seeing him in action and when taking notes about the player in the past.
Leeds certainly appear to be pushing ahead in their attempts to bring Swift to Elland Road in the summer and a bid of £7m could be a very good starting point for them.
With the Royals in some trouble near the foot of the Championship, they could find it difficult to keep the 23-year-old at the Madejski Stadium beyond the summer and could be tempted to take the offer from the Whites.
£7m may come across a lot, considering that Leeds have only spent that initial amount once since leaving the Premier League with the addition of Patrick Bamford last summer, however, the midfielder’s form would suggest it could be worth paying.
Swift has been in excellent form for Reading this season, having hit three goals and provided his team-mates with three assists and has shown that he can play in a number of different areas of the midfield when asked to by his manager.
However, whilst there is no doubt that he would be a great addition to the side if they were to remain in the second tier next season, would the former Chelsea graduate add strength to the side if they were playing in the Premier League?
It would be hard to suggest that he would. Bielsa already has the likes of Adam Forshaw, Mateusz Klich and Kalvin Phillips available to him and they are able to play the same role that Swift would likely play at Elland Road, whilst he does not have any additional experience of top-flight football, meaning he remains on par with the current options the Argentine has at the club.
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