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Lane boss ready to buy as Britton departs

SHEFFIELD United want to sign a replacement for Leon Britton.

The midfielder, who only left Swansea City in June, will officially complete his return to the Liberty Stadium today after failing to settle in South Yorkshire.

Micky Adams, the United manager, said: "I'm not sure what the word on the street is about us but all I know is that there is money available for wages and money available to sign someone if the right person is identified.

"We are in discussions with people about joining the club. But that's what they are - discussions.

"Nothing is imminent."

Adams, who became the fourth manager of Britton's brief but tumultuous stay at Bramall Lane when he was appointed as Gary Speed's permanent successor last month, added: "I've enjoyed working with Leon. He's a good professional and always comes into work with a smile on his face.

"But if he's not settled for one reason or another then we move on.

"But I would like to bring someone in to supplement the players in midfield we've already got here if possible."

United, who are 21st in the Championship table, insist they have received an undisclosed fee for the 28-year-old. Swansea, however, maintain that no money will change hands.

Britton, who made just 26 appearances for United, admitted: "I wish I hadn't left. If that wasn't the case, I would still be at United now.

"I made a mistake going there. It didn't work out and I'm grateful that Swansea have given me the opportunity to come back.

"I have realised that this is the place where I want to be. I kept my home here and even when I left I always said I would like to come back to the club at some point.

"Even if I didn't come back to play football, I said I would come back to the city."

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