Swans target shock Britton return

Last updated : 19 January 2011 By BBC Sport

Swansea City are in talks with Sheffield United over bringing Leon Britton permanently back to the Liberty Stadium, BBC Sport Wales understands.The 28-year-old ended his eight-year stay last summer to join the Blades on a free transfer in a three-year deal.

But the move has not worked out for Britton who is already playing under his third manager, and is understood to be keen on a return to south Wales.

Rumours of a return, possibly a free transfer, first surfaced a week ago.

Britton's departure was not a huge shock at the time.

His relationship with former Swans boss Paulo Sousa appeared strained ever since Sousa publicly revealed in December 2009 that Britton had not signed "the best contract in the history of the club".

The former West Ham trainee admitted he was "surprised and disappointed" by Sousa's comments and he found himself in and out of the starting team for the remainder of the season.

Popular Britton admitted it was a "huge wrench" to leave Swansea where he made more than 350 appearances, but he felt he needed a fresh challenge.

Sousa left the Swans for the Leicester City job three weeks later and was replaced by Brendan Rodgers who has since guided the club to second in the Championship.

Sheffield United have struggled this season, having sacked Kevin Blackwell one week into the new campaign and his replacement, Gary Speed, quit after four months to take charge of Wales.

Ex-Swans boss Micky Adams is now in charge and would be prepared to let Britton go to make room for new faces, despite him being a regular figure making 26 appearances.

Rodgers admitted earlier this season that he was disappointed not to have had the chance of working with Britton, who would easily slot back into Swansea's passing style.

But that is looking set to change with talks between the two clubs underway for the midfielder.

Britton helped the Swans beat the drop from the Football League in 2002 while on loan from West Ham.

He went on to sign a permanent deal and has enjoyed two promotions and a Championship play-off push in which he played a key role.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport