Two transfer stories rolled into one for you today. We are so very generous.
Coker still a target
The Royals are still in pursuit of Southend United left back Ben Coker, according to The Echo.
The initial bid was lodged a couple of weeks ago, and is rumoured to have been around the £75,000 mark.
Now, The Echo report:
The Roots Hall hierarchy have now opted not to accept two more bids from the Championship club which Echosport understands were £100,000 and £125,000.
“We’ve had a second and third offer from Reading for Ben which we have chosen not to accept as a football club,” said Brown.
“I don’t want to lose Ben but if somebody put a decent offer on the table then we might actually listen.
“But the bids we’ve had so far have been a waste of time because he’s worth a lot more than that.”
Looks like the club want him, but are going to have to open the coffers a little more. And if we’re honest, £125,000 is a pittance in football’s current climate.
Former Chelsea midfielder to sign on for free?
Not only is John Swift a mighty great name, it’s also the name of a free agent who spent time on loan at Brentford last season.
The former England U21 international’s contract with Antonio Conte’s side has expired, which means the youngster would cost nothing. Which is great because we all know the Thais are looking to save cash.
So say GetReading:
Reading are working on a deal to sign midfielder John Swift.
The England Under-21 international is a free agent having come to the end of his contract with Chelsea.
Several Championship clubs are looking to snap up the 21-year-old and getreading understands Royals are firmly in the race for his signature.
The attacking midfielder spent last season on loan at Brentford, scoring seven goals in 28 games for the Bees.
Swift, who can also operate on the left side of a front three, has been with Chelsea since 2007 and has progressed through the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge.
Oh, and in case you missed it, it looks like the signing of Finnish goalkeeper Jaakkola is done.
Somehow, you doubt the club is going to stop making signings anytime soon.