BARROW WHEELS IN TO LIFT STAM’S ROYALS
MODOU BARROW says Reading’s style of play convinced him to drop down to the Championship on a permanent basis.
The 24-year-old Gambian forward has lain his hat at the Madjeski Stadium after completing a move from Swansea City for a reported fee of £1.5m, weeks after the Premier League outfit rejected a bid of £1.25m from the Royals.
Barrow, who made 51 top-flight appearances for the Swans, has had three loan spells in the Championship, most recently spending the second half of last season at Leeds United, and believes that he will fit in well with Jaap Stam’s promotion-chasers.
“They play really good football,” said Barrow. “I was on loan at Leeds last season. We came here and we didn’t get a very good result but Reading played really well.
“They kept the ball and moved it around quickly – that’s the kind of football that I want to be part of.
“The style of play will suit me, so that’s why I am very happy to be here.”
Swansea have recouped the outlay they spent on Barrow back in August 2014 when they signed him from Swedish outfit Ostersunds FK.
Making his Swans debut in November that year, Barrow became the first Gambian to play in the Premier League, making his international debut in 2015.
And having spent time on loan at Nottingham Forest, Blackburn and Leeds, Barrow is relieved to have a permanent home once again.
“I’m happy to finally be here,” he added.
“I’m pleased the deal is done and I am looking forward to the challenge. This is a great chance for me to fit in and to be part of the squad.
“It is a long-term deal, so I can finally feel at home.”
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