According to talkSPORT on Twitter, Sheffield United have had a £4m bid for John Swift rejected by Reading.

This follows a £3.5m offer from the Blades as they look to sign their first player of this transfer window.

Although Swift is a key figure for the Royals, manager Mark Bowen has admitted players like him could leave this summer as the club looks to balance the books.

Reading are experiencing financial difficulties and the midfielder is among their top earners.

United aren’t the only Premier League side interested in Swift, though. Both Aston Villa and Leeds United are also believed to be keen.

How much will John Swift cost?

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Clearly the Royals are holding out for more money for Swift. However, they could be forced to sell at some point. According to Birmingham Live, that will be if a team meets their £6m asking price.

This isn’t a bad price for the Blades, who have already paid more than that for four players in the past year. Especially as Chris Wilder has acknowledged his transfer budget is likely to be reduced because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

If signed, Swift will probably be competing for a place in central midfield. Slightly more attack-minded, the former England Under-21 international could well suit one of the flanking positions.

This could see Swift competing with the likes of club record signing Sander Berge, as well as John Fleck and John Lundstram. Although the future of Lundstram is yet to be decided, with contract negotiations still ongoing.

Wilder is happy to sign players from the Championship whom he thinks can make the step up. Last season that produced varying results.

Callum Robinson was loaned to West Bromwich Albion in January having failed to truly make an impact after signing from Preston North End. Luke Freeman was also linked with an exit in the New Year following his move from QPR.

Yet Oli McBurnie, who joined from Swansea City, finished as joint top scorer in 2019/20. Meanwhile, Ben Osborn impressed as a utility player, both at wing-back and in midfield. Osborn made the switch from Nottingham Forest last summer.

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