United set for Leon lolly if Swans go up

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SHEFFIELD United will be hoping Leon Britton helps Swansea City prevail in the end of season play-offs as the South Yorkshire club braces itself for a summer of cost-cutting following relegation.

The Star understands that a clause, guaranteeing United payment should Brendan Rodgers’ side be promoted within the duration of Britton’s contract, was inserted into the deal which saw the midfielder return to the Liberty Stadium in January.

Although the sum concerned has not been disclosed, sources close to City confirmed its existence after the two team’s met in Wales last weekend.

Britton, who only spent half a season at Bramall Lane before re-joining Swansea, was on target as the hosts cruised to a 4-0 triumph which ensured they finished third in the table. Signed on a free transfer following a breakdown in his relationship with Rodgers’ predecessor Paulo Sousa, he made only 26 appearances for United before engineering a transfer back to the principality.

Swansea, who held Nottingham Forest to a goalless draw at the City Ground on Thursday, play the second leg of their semi-final on Monday.