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Championship clubs looking to sign out of contract Chelsea prospect - report

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Chelsea attacking midfielder John Swift still hasn't put pen to paper on a new contract with the club, despite being offered a new deal as revealed one month ago by the team's retained and released lists for next season's Premier League.  Now, according to getreading, Championship club Reading and several other clubs from England's second-tier are ready to pounce on Swift in the current transfer window.

The 21-year-old spent last season at Brentford, scoring 7 goals and assisting 4 scores in 27 league appearances in the Championship. His performances earned him a spot in England's U21 national squad, helping the team in winning the Toulon Tournament in May with a win over France.

Swift's contract with Chelsea ended in June 30, officially making him a free agent. But the player hasn't been released by Chelsea, which means that any club signing Swift would be obliged to pay a compensation fee for Chelsea as he is a player under 24. This fee would be defined by the Professional Football Compensation Committee.

Should Swift choose a Championship club over staying at Chelsea, we'd probably not get a fee as big as Manchester City did in Daniel Sturridge's transfer to the Bridge back in 2009. The financial terms offered by the Blues probably won't be met by the Championship clubs interested on Swift's services, but the possibility of becoming a first team regular instead of a loanee could be a major deciding factor for a player with such a bright future.

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