Kevin Phillips has claimed it would be “fantastic business” if Leeds United can sign John Swift for £3million this summer.

The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, highlighted the 25-year-old’s technical ability as a major asset to any potential suitors.

Swift has starred for Reading this season and his 38 Championship appearances have yielded five goals and 10 assists.

Football Insider revealed earlier this month that Leeds are interested in the central midfielder but face stiff competition for Sheffield United.

The Premier League side have already have already tabled a £3-5million bid for the Englishman.

When asked by Football Insider if the former Chelsea youth player would be a useful addition at Elland Road, Phillips said:

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“Swift is a good technical player. He is a very good ball player and scores a goal as well.

“Whether he can make that jump to the Premier League and be successful only time will tell but I am a big fan of the player.

“However, any side that gets promoted would be looking at him as a squad player rather than somebody to play week in, week out.

“It is important for those teams to bring in quality not quantity and he has qualities.

“If you could bring someone like him in for £5million that would be fantastic business.”

With Pablo Hernandez now 35 and Mateusz Klich having just turned 30, Marcelo Bielsa may want some younger legs in the attacking midfield positions if promoted.

Swift has two years remaining on his contract at the Madejski Stadium.

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