It was a busy old summer at Bramall Lane once again, as Sheffield United made moves in the market to strengthen the ranks for Chris Wilder.
The headline makers were Rhian Brewster and Aaron Ramsdale. Both players arriving at S2 for considerable sums, with Brewster’s said to be a record £23m deal for the Blades.
Those two, alongside Max Lowe, Jayden Bogle, Wes Foderingham, Ethan Ampadu, and Oliver Burke, give United’s squad a stronger look, especially in terms of the depth we have.
But as in any summer, a number of other names were linked. And one of the more prominent names to feature in and amongst the rumour mill was Reading midfielder, John Swift.
Indeed, United apparently had a £4m bid rejected for Swift, before the deal went strangely quiet and never resurfaced.
What happened to signing John Swift?
Put simply, it looks like the powers that be at Reading put the brakes on any potential transfer for their key midfielder.
The Examiner reported in August that the Royals had done just that. After initially holding out for more money it seemed, the higher-ups in Berkshire seemingly moved in to almost put the blockers on any sort of move.
Following that, Aston Villa (surprise surprise) dipped their toe in the water, but also saw a potential move for Swift fall by the wayside. Not that it matters for Villa, they have 100s of targets…of their own, apparently!
Since then, the 25-year-old had played in Reading’s opening two games, helping them to consecutive wins.
But, in a twist of fate that seems in line with United anyway, Swift has suffered an injury which is expected to keep him out until 2021, according to Berkshire Live.
Maybe, then, it was written in the stars that he’d pick up a knock and we might have dodged a bullet.
Still, we need a creative midfielder and Swift – if fit – would have been a fine addition to proceedings.