Routledge completes Swans switch

Swansea have completed their second signing of the week after Wayne Routledge tonight completed his move from Newcastle.

The Premier League new boys completed a move for Leroy Lita on Wednesday and Routledge has followed suit for an undisclosed fee after completing his medical.

The 26-year-old former England Under-21 international has put pen to paper on a three-year contract and will compete with Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer for a wing spot at the Liberty Stadium.

Routledge told the club website: “I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s taken a couple of days to get everything agreed, but I’m excited about getting started.”

Routledge has plenty of top-flight experience having had spells at Tottenham, Portsmouth, Fulham, Aston Villa and Newcastle.

He impressed during his loan spell at QPR last season, and was a key figure in helping the London club to the Championship title.

And Routledge says he is eager to work with Swans’ manager Brendan Rodgers having admired the south Wales’ club’s attractive style of play.

“I’ve had a good chat with the manager and he really impressed me,” he said.

“I had heard a lot of good things about him and the chat only reinforced my belief that moving to Swansea was the right thing to do.

“Having watched Swansea last season, I think everyone would agree they were the best footballing side in the Championship.

“It’s going to be a difficult first season in the Premier League; it’s going to be tough. But everyone is confident and looking forward to it. After all, playing in the Premier League is what you dream of.

“I’m excited about it.”

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