Exclusive: Video - Chelsea midfielder John Swift and free agent Sean St Ledger set to sign

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Ipswich Town are set to sign England Under-20 midfielder John Swift from Chelsea ahead of the ‘emergency’ loan window shutting tomorrow.

The EADT and Ipswich Star understands the 19-year-old has been training with the Blues this week and is set to be brought in as cover for injured duo Jonny Williams (thigh) and Kevin Bru (ankle), both recently ruled out for up to a month.

Swift, who has made one senior appearance for Chelsea, joined Championship side Rotherham on a season-long loan back in the summer. He made four appearances for the Millers in August, but then dropped out of the side and, as a result, both clubs agreed to terminate the deal earlier this month.

The 6ft youngster can play in a traditional midfield role or as a No.10, with creativity and goalscoring his key attributes.

Meanwhile, the EADT and Ipswich Star understands that versatile defender Sean St Ledger will sign as a free agent until the start of January.


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The 29-year-old, who has been without a club since being released by Leicester in the summer, played for Town’s Under-21s on Monday night. Having proved his fitness, the 37-cap Republic of Ireland international has been offered a short-term deal.

Able to play anywhere across the back, the experienced defender will act as cover for the regular four of Luke Chambers, Christophe Berra, Tommy Smith and Tyrone Mings.

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