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Report: Reading open to selling John Swift; almost joined Sheffield United last summer

Sheffield United could reignite their interest in Reading midfielder, John Swift, with the Berkshire club apparently open to a sale.

Swift was one of the main targets for Chris Wilder last summer but in the end, United were priced out of a move. Swift, instead, picked up a serious injury in the opening few weeks of the season.

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However, he has come back firing and is expected to be the subject of interest again from a number of clubs. United could be one of them, with Berkshire Live claiming the Royals could be tempted to sell ‘if the right offer is made’.

Reports last year claimed United made a bid of around £3.5m for the Reading midfielder. However, at the time, the Royals were said to be seeking around double that figure.

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This summer will see Swift enter the final year of his contract at the Madejski Stadium. And with no sign of a new deal as yet, the Blades could well swoop for their man.

Sheffield United News View: John Swift is ideal but a lot will depend on the manager

Which is going to be United’s big problem if we can’t get someone in the door quickly.

We simply won’t be able to sign players. Sure, we will have a nice list of players on the radar from the scouting teams. But any new manager is going to have his own players in mind, so it puts us on the back foot.

In terms of Swift, you have to say he’s ideal on paper. We need a ball playing midfielder and someone who is comfortable in the final third.

Swift might have only got the one goal this season but he only played 14 games after his serious injury. The season prior, he hit six, while setting up a further 11. He’s also a bit of a dead ball specialist, which is a bonus for this current Blades side.

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