By Daniel Feliciano

28th Dec, 2021 | 11:00am

Carlton Palmer says Leeds will sign John Swift if they pay right price

Leeds United will sign John Swift in January from Reading if they pay up an acceptable fee, according to pundit Carlton Palmer.

The Whites have been long linked with a move for Swift, with Marcelo Bielsa previously hailing him as a ‘great‘ player who he valued a lot.

Swift is currently at Reading in the Championship but his contract is set to expire at the end of the season and he has reportedly rejected a new deal to stay at the club.

Leeds have been linked with a fresh move for him and former Leeds midfielder Palmer told GiveMeSport that he believes a deal is there to be done for the 26-year-old if they really want to.

“At the end of the day, he’s not signed a new contract,” he said. “He’s attracting a lot of interest from several Premier League clubs.

“He is out of contract at the end of the season, I would think if Reading could get a fee for him, and they’re not particularly doing well in the Championship, what, are they 16th in the league?

“So, I think they’re not going to hold onto him until the end of the season if they could get a fee for him in January. If that fee comes from Leeds United, then he’ll go to Leeds United. That is for sure.”

Possibility

There’s a real chance that this deal happens for Leeds in January.

Reading are in big financial trouble and are facing a real threat of relegation this season, with six losses in their last ten games.

Swift is comfortably among their best players and highest earners, making him one of their easiest assets to pass on to a Premier League club to raise funds.

While it would hurt their push for survival, it would allow them to strengthen more and Leeds could do with a player of his calibre in the side currently with their struggles.

With his eight goals and nine assists so far this season, he would add some much-needed creativity to this Leeds side and that edge in front of goal could be exactly what they need to aid their own survival bid.

At a potential cut-price, Leeds could wrap this deal up quickly and immediately improve their team.

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