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Wigan stunned as Britton agrees Sheffield Utd move

Sheffield United have beaten Wigan Athletic for Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez has spoken openly of his hope of landing Britton on a Bosman in the coming weeks.

But the 27-year-old, who joined the Swans back in 2003, turned down offers from Premier League clubs in favour of a move to Bramall Lane and has agreed a three-year deal with the option of a further year.

He told the club's official website: "There was interest from the Premiership and I spoke to a couple of people there but it wasn't right for me - Sheffield United was.

"First and foremost this is a massive club, you only have to look at the average attendance last season. I was here with Swansea for the penultimate game and the special atmosphere from that day is still fresh in my mind."

United manager Kevin Blackwell added: "It has been a protracted process because it started after we played Sheffield Wednesday in mid-April when we had arranged to meet in the hotel and I began preliminary talks with him.

"Leon is a player of real quality, the sort we have missed at this club since the days when we had Stuart McCall and Michael Brown in the middle of the park."

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