Swansea sign Newcastle's Routledge
Premier League newcomers Swansea completed their second signing in as many days when winger Wayne Routledge joined from Newcastle on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee on Friday.
The 26-year-old signed for the Welsh club just a day after striker Leroy Lita joined from Middlesbrough.
Routledge, a former England Under-21 international, told Swansea's official 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."
This will be the first time in 28 years that Swansea have played in English football's top-flight, where Routledge has plenty of experience following spells with Tottenham, Portsmouth, Fulham, Aston Villa and Newcastle.
He starred during his loan spell at QPR last season and played a significant role in helping the London club to the second-tier Championship title.
Routledge added he was keen to work with Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers.
"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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