Reading midfielder John Swift wants to play under Chris Wilder at Sheffield United, reports the Sheffield Star.
The Blades have already had two offers of £3.5m and then £4m turned down for Swift. The Royals are apparently holding out for closer to £6m for the 25-year-old.
Not only this, but the Championship club also want most of the fee upfront – rather than in stages as has been offered. There are also disagreements about the proposed add-ons and performance-related payments.
United aren’t the only Premier League interested in Swift, either. Both Aston Villa and Leeds United are also thought to be keen on the former England Under-21 international.
Yet despite this, the Blades remain in “pole position” to sign Swift.
Why Sheffield United are so confident of landing Swift
It is the Chelsea academy product’s desire to play for Wilder that means the Blades aren’t unduly worried about the transfer.
In fact, the 52-year-old is confident that Swift will be part of the his squad for when pre-season training begins later this month.
Leeds head coach, Marcelo Bielsa, is also well regarded in football but clearly Wilder has the edge on this occasion.
This has probably been helped by Swift watching the South Yorkshire side make such an impressive return to the top flight in 2019/20.
Under Wilder’s guidance, the Blades finished ninth in their first Premier League campaign in 12 years. Most of his squad have previously played in the Championship, so Swift will be confident of being given a fair opportunity as well.
The midfielder also wants to move back north, six years after enjoying a loan spell at nearby neighbours Rotherham United.
Despite Reading’s struggles, Swift enjoyed another good season last time out. He scored six goals and provided 10 assists in 41 league games.
With the Royals also experiencing financial difficulties, they are willing to sell Swift to try and balance the books.