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Modou Barrow joins Reading on permanent deal

The deal for Barrow, who was the first Gambian to play and score in the Premier League, includes a sell on fee.

The 24-year-old leaves the Liberty having made 55 appearances – scoring twice – for the Swans.

Barrow joined the club from Swedish club Ostersunds in July 2014.

After impressing in the club’s under-23 ranks, he made an instant impression on his Premier League debut by playing a big part in the equaliser during a 2-1 win over Arsenal.

That was one of 13 appearances he would make for the Swans in his debut top-flight campaign, while he also spent time on loan with Nottingham Forest.

Further temporary spells came with Blackburn Rovers and, more recently, Leeds United.

His arrival at Reading means he will look to make his debut in their opening Championship fixture at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

“It’s an opportunity for me to join a good club that plays good football," said Barrow.

“I’m sorry to leave Swansea because I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club. It’s been a brilliant experience and I would like to thank everyone from the management, staff, players and the supporters.

“The fans have been great with me, not just on the pitch but around the city as well.

“But at this stage of my career I felt I needed to be playing regular football. I hope I can do that by doing well at Reading."

Everyone at Swansea City would like to thank Modou for his service to Swansea City, and wish him well in his career.

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