Barrow joins Reading after Swansea City accept improved bid

Mo Barrow has signed a four-year contract at Reading, who failed with an offer for his signature earlier this summer but returned with an improved bid.

The 24-year-old was part of the Swansea City squad which toured the United States in preparation for the new season, but the Premier League side were happy to listen to offers for a player who spent the second half of last season on loan at Leeds United for whom he made just five appearances.

Reading submitted an offer of £1.25million for the winger earlier this summer, but the Swans wanted to at least recoup the £1.5million they paid Ostersunds for his signature three years ago. And after the Royals increased their bid, Barrow, a Gambia international, completed his move to the Madejski Stadium.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Mo to Reading Football Club and I’m delighted that we have been able to add another player to our squad ahead of the start of the new season,” manager Jaap Stam said. “Now all our focus is on the challenge that lies ahead on Saturday and our trip to Queens Park Rangers.”

Barrow, who has six caps for his country, began his career in Sweden where he appeared for Mjolby, Norrkoping, Varbergs and Ostersunds before moving to the Liberty Stadium in 2014. He has also appeared for Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers, as well as Leeds, in temporary spells.

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