Middlesbrough conduct talks to sign £22,500-per-week West Brom star

Middlesbrough have reportedly discussed the possibility of signing West Brom midfielder John Swift.Middlesbrough have reportedly discussed the possibility of signing West Brom midfielder John Swift.
Middlesbrough have reportedly discussed the possibility of signing West Brom midfielder John Swift. | Getty Images
The latest transfer news as Championship rivals Middlesbrough are linked with a West Brom star.

Middlesbrough have reportedly discussed the possibility of signing West Bromwich Albion midfielder John Swift this summer.

The 29-year-old is entering the final year of his contract - reported to be worth £22,500 per week as per Capology - and West Brom are willing to sell, opening the door for Boro to swoop. Signed on a free transfer from Reading in 2022, Swift has scored 16 goals and registered 11 assists in 89 Albion appearances to date.

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Two contrasting reports have emerged regarding Boro’s plan for Swift. Football Insider claimed on Tuesday afternoon that interest had been registered with a raid being plotted. The Northern Echo, however, suggests Swift was discussed in a recruitment meeting at the end of last season but won’t be pursued any further.

The latter report states it’s not beyond the realms of possibility for that situation to change but Boro boss Michael Carrick is happy with his current midfield crop as it stands. West Brom’s willingness to sell could spring up interest from elsewhere, so Boro would have to move quickly if they adjust their stance.

Swift played a slightly reduced role for West Brom last season, still contributing an impressive nine goals but earning many of his minutes off the bench. Increased game time for wonderkid Tom Fellows meant captain Jed Wallace often stepped into the number 10 role, leaving Swift as an impact substitute.

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The Chelsea academy graduate has racked up 54 goals and 50 assists in 299 Championship appearances. He has been recognised widely as one of the best midfielders in the English second tier, especially after his final campaign at Reading throughout which he scored 11 and assisted 13.

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