Britton poised to quit United

LEON Britton is expected to rejoin Swansea City on a free transfer today.

It was just seven months ago the diminutive midfielder decided to leave the Swans and move to Sheffield United.

But, despite becoming an integral member of United's dressing room, Britton is poised to return to Swansea, where he made nearly 350 appearances in an eight-year stint at the South Wales club.

Brendan Rodgers, the Swans manager, expressed his admiration for the 28-year-old before the club's 1-0 defeat at United last month, saying: "I was a big admirer of what Leon did when he was here.

"Looking in from the outside, he was a fantastic little player who was part of the identity of Swansea. When he was playing here, he was one of the best midfield players in the Championship. And when I came in, I was disappointed he had gone because I felt that he understood the way this team played."

Having held talks at the Liberty Stadium yesterday, Britton is set to quit United having made 26 appearances under four different managers this season, including caretaker boss John Carver. His most recent outing came in the goalless draw at Coventry where he was brought on as a late substitute by Micky Adams, who is still searching for his first win in charge since taking over three weeks ago.

Providing the Londoner passes his medical and agrees personal terms at Swansea, Britton's departure could allow Adams to further strengthen his depleted squad.

He has already recruited defenders Joe Mattock and Shane Lowry and striker Marcus Bent on a temporary basis but a midfielder remains his top priority.

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