By Mark Smith

13th Nov, 2021 | 4:10pm

Leeds plot bid to win race for Reading playmaker John Swift

Leeds United are plotting a bid to sign Reading midfielder John Swift in January, according to The Star.

The newspaper has reported on their website that numerous Premier League clubs hold an interest including Burnley and Wolves.

Another interested side, Sheffield United, has been forced to drop out of the race with bigger clubs interested and ready to put cash on the table.

Reading are facing a real losing battle over their star man.

The 26-year-old is out of contract at the Madejski Stadium at the end of this season, leaving the Royals with a decision to make in January.

The Championship side may be forced to sell up during the winter window or face the real risk of receiving nothing once the summer arrives.

Swift has been in brilliant form yet again in the Championship, scoring eight goals and delivering seven assists in his last 17 league outings.

Bargain?

Swift may well prove to be a bargain, but is he the right type of player for what Leeds need in midfield?

Yes, he can regularly find the back of the net and create chances, but the return of Adam Forshaw proved we may need something different alongside Kalvin Phillips.

Another defensive-minded player who can get forward worked perfectly against Leicester and gave us so much more balance.

Someone like Lewis O’Brien springs to mind, but Swift is much cheaper and has been described as “outstanding” this year already.

Defensively, Swift has only managed 0.6 tackles per game this season according to WhoScored, and that doesn’t make for great reading.

With Mateusz Klich playing less, the Reading could still prove to be a brilliant piece of business to fill that hole in the years to come.

This is certainly one to watch.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have made contact with one “incredible” star over a potential January signing