According to the Reading Chronicle, Premier League side Swansea are said to be tracking reading starlet Liam Kelly.

In a move the Chronicle say has led to Kelly emerging “as a shock transfer target” for the Royal Berkshire club, Swansea are looking to take the youngster from a promising Championship season to the Liberty Stadium and Premier League football.

Irish youngster Kelly, who has been at Reading since 2004 and has come up through the youth system at the club, made 28 Sky bet Championship appearances last season. During these 28 league appearances, Kelly managed to notch a single goal but proved his worth as a provider of goals with six assists.

The Chronicle go on to mention that “Kelly is understood to be on the Swans’ summer wish list” with the Welsh side’s manager looking for a replacement for Leon Britton.

Kelly only featured once in Reading’s first 16 games of the season, making a 28 minute appearance in a close 1-0 win against what proved to be a doomed Rotherham side on 22 October 2016.

After coming into the side on game day 17, Kelly played a big part of Reading’s successes that led to them reaching the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley, only to lose out on penalties to Huddersfield Town.

In that span of 29 league games from coming into the side against Burton Albion to the Wembley loss against Huddersfield, he only missed four games, including the first leg of the Semi-Final against Fulham. Although playing regularly towards the end of the season, in the play-off games, Kelly only featured for 35 minutes – 15 against Fulham and 20 against Huddersfield.

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