Reading ace Andy Yiadom explains why he didn't once join Swansea

Swansea City's Manager Steve Cooper during his first Swansea City Press Conference at The Liberty Stadium on June 18, 2019 in Swansea, Wales.

Swansea City had to settle for a point during their Championship clash with Jose Gomes's Royals thanks to a late Andy Yiadom goal.

Andy Yiadom of Reading looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Reading at The Hawthorns on August 21, 2019 in West Bromwich, England.

Andy Yiadom fired home a 90th minute equaliser to deny Swansea City a win on Saturday and, to make matters worse for Steve Cooper and co, the Reading defender has now admitted to the Sun (30 September, Goals, page 16) that he very nearly moved to the Liberty Stadium not long ago.

A few seasons ago, Yiadom was one of the most highly-rated young full-backs in the Football League after bursting onto the scene with Barnsley, alongside the likes of Sam Winnall, Conor Hourihane and Alfie Mawson.

 

And the Ghana international found himself on the verge of a move to Swansea when they were still a Premier League outfit, only for the deal to fall through.

“I was close to signing for Swansea,” the London-born flyer admitted.

“It didn’t happen in the end but I’m happy where I am. They were a Premier League team at the time and playing at the top level is one of my dreams – but that’s football.

Bradley Dack of Blackburn Rovers and Andy Yiadom of Reading during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Blackburn Rovers at Madejski Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Reading,...

“Its still a dream I think I can realise and I want to do it with Reading. We have a lot of quality in this side.”

It will take more than a hard-fought draw in South Wales to turn Jose Gomes’s erratic Royals into the Kings of the Championship but at least they are no longer the tragic court jesters.

Reading may be 20th in the table right now but they appear to be heading in the right direction under their enigmatic coach with a collection of exciting young players, such as George Puscas, Danny Loader and the excellent Jon Swift, boasting a bright future at the Madejski.

George Puscas of Reading reacts after missing a shot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Cardiff City at Madejski Stadium on August 18, 2019 in Reading, England.

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