Reading was able to successfully weaken championship rivals Swansea City’s interest in Tom Dele-Bashiru.

The Watford midfielder drew a full season loan deal with the Royals on Thursday afternoon and could make his league debut against Preston North End on Saturday.

BerkshireLive believe Swansea had keen interest in the 21-year-old’s services and the Welsh side attempted to hijack the offer when it was close to closing.

The temptation to work under Veljko Paunovic, however, was key for Dele-Bashiru, who recently returned from a nearly year-long hiatus with a serious knee injury sustained against Reading last October.

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It’s also clear that the Royals’ style of play was a key factor in the player’s decision to swap Hertfordshire for Berkshire.

Given Reading’s financial squeeze in the transfer market due to the English Football League embargo, an offer from Swansea may have trumped Reading, but the player had his heart set on royals and Watford was happy with the transfer too.

Dele-Bashiru is the first addition to the Select Car Leasing Stadium this summer after the club was given the green light to accept players despite the embargo.

The midfielder is joined by former Nottingham Forest left-back Yuri Ribeiro, who is currently a free agent.

Tom Dele-Bashiru

Striker Marc McNulty is walking out the door, however, with a move to Dundee United close to graduation.

The transfer window for Reading remains until Tuesday, December 31.

Reading’s game this weekend against Preston starts at 3pm on Saturday.

BerkshireLive will have full live coverage of the game starting at noon, with all the build-up commencing.

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