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Rumour Mill-Britton's Got Talent for Burnley?

The Daily Mail believes Brian Laws has Swansea City midfielder, Leon Britton on his list of targets but the paper also understand he will face strong competition from Wigan boss, Roberto Martinez.

The Spaniard is believed to be arranging talks with Britton

Martinez knows the player from his days in charge at Swansea and would have another advantage if the Clarets were relegated and Wigan remained in the top flight.

This is not the first time Wigan have tried to sign him. Swansea previously rejected Wigan's loan offer plus player for Leon Britton till the end of the season.

The 27 year old though is out of contract in the summer and will become a free agent so would be available on a Bosman. It is understood talks have stalled at Swansea due to personal issues.

Britton began his career as an Arsenal trainee and at the age of 16 was signed by West Ham United for a remarkable 400,000 in 1998. At the time this was a record fee for a player of his age.

Unable to secure a place in the Hammers first team, he was sent out on loan to Swansea City in December 2002. Britton impressed the Swans manager at the time,former Clarets player Brian Flynn so much he signed him permanently after he was released by West Ham in 2003.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 23 2010

Time: 5:02PM

Your Comments

This lad looks a good player but sigh the downside of relegation! :-(. Still even if Wigan and Burnley were in same division, Martinez would probably have the upper edge
turfmanphil
Right on both counts tmp, Britton is an energetic talented midfielder who never stops running and would be a brilliant signing if it comes off. But it's at Wigan with Martinez where he'll end up if he really is leaving the Swans.
WelshClaret
We don't need any has been troy MPs at Turf Moor thank you very much :)
cubanclaret
Wot, you mean Helen's brother cc ? :-)
WelshClaret
 

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