The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

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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