Swans closing on Routledge
Promoted Welsh side leading race for winger's signature
By Rachel Griffiths - Follow me on Twitter @SkySportsRachG. Last Updated: 11/07/11 11:38am
Routledge: Could depart Newcastle for Swansea this summer
Sky Sports News sources understand Swansea are closing in on a £1.5million swoop for Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge.
The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from St James' Park this summer after spending the second half of last season on loan at old employers Queens Park Rangers.
Former England Under-21 international Routledge helped Rangers to Premier League promotion, prompting talk of a permanent move, but no such switch has materialised.
He has also been linked with a host of Championship clubs, including Cardiff, Leicester and Birmingham, while Nottingham Forest reportedly made an approach for his services last week.
However, it now appears top-flight newcomers Swansea are leading the race for his signature as they prepare for their debut season in the Premier League.
Swans boss Brendan Rodgers has stated his desire to further strengthen his squad after already making additions this summer.
The manager has wrapped up deals for Danny Graham from Watford and Steven Caulker on loan from Tottenham, while terms have been agreed with Jose Moreira.
Routledge is open to the prospect of a summer move away from Tyneside, especially as Toon boss Alan Pardew has recruited further midfield cover during the transfer window.