City set for Newcastle winger hijack - reports

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Leicester City remain hopeful of making Newcastle United winger Wayne Routledge their eighth signing of the summer despite Barclays Premier League new boys Swansea City having had a bid accepted reports talkSPORT.

The 26-year-old winger has expressed his frustration at not knowing what the future holds amid additional interest from Nottingham Forest, but so far the Swans are the only side to have tabled a bid of £1.8million.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew is willing to let Routledge leave Newcastle this summer, having deemed him surplus to requirements at St James' Park ahead of the 2011-12 season.

Routledge is keen to open negotiations at the Liberty Stadium, but talks have stalled on the basis that Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is currently on holiday, and doesn't return to work until tomorrow (Thursday).

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping the delay doesn't scupper his plans to bring Routledge to south Wales, as he looks to continue strengthening his squad in time for the season opener against Manchester City on August 15.


But with big spending Leicester poised to make an imminent bid, Routledge's future has once again been cast into doubt now he has another potential offer to consider from Sven Goran Eriksson's Foxes.

Having already made waves in this summer's transfer market with the capture of Paul Konchesky from Liverpool, and Kasper Schmeichel from Leeds amongst others.

Leicester are now favourites for the Npower Championship title, and with plenty of finances behind them, Routledge could be convinced to leave Newcastle and drop down a division, swapping St James' Park for the King Power Stadium.

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