Barrow leaves the Swans for the Royals

Gambia winger Modou Barrow has joined Championship side Reading FC on a four-year contract from Swansea City.

The Scorpions international leaves the Premier League club after four years where he became the first Gambian player to score in the English top-flight league.

The 24-year-old exclusively told Gambia Sports: “I’m happy to join one of the big clubs in England. Reading is a club with a good history behind them. I am grateful for the great moments I had at Swansea City and I will always have fond feelings when I look back on this time in my life.”

He added: “I’m very excited to open a new chapter with Reading FC and I truly cannot wait to get my new adventure started as it’s a new challenge and opportunity I cherish!”

Barrow is convinced that his new club is ready to win a return to the Premier League saying: “Hopefully with the team we have here, they did really well last season, we can get promotion as they play really good football, they keep the ball and that is the football I want to play.”

The Gambian’s club meanwhile got their Championship campaign off to a dismal start with a 2-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers with Mo given his debut at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Barrow joined Swansea from Swedish side Östersunds FK for £1.5m in July 2014. He finished last season on loan at Leeds United having previously spent time at Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest.