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Routledge to commit to Swans

Swansea winger Wayne Routledge has agreed terms on a new long-term contract with the south Wales club.

Routledge has yet to sign the deal, but a Swansea spokesman confirmed to Press Association Sport the formalities will soon be completed.

The new contract will see Routledge remain with the Swans until the summer of 2016, and is reward for his excellent form since Michael Laudrup took over as manager in the summer.

The 28-year-old found first-team opportunities hard to come by during his first season at the Liberty Stadium, as then-manager Brendan Rodgers put his faith in Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair.

But the former Aston Villa, QPR and Newcastle wide man has been a regular starter this term, scoring five goals and revelling in the freedom he has been afforded by Laudrup.

Routledge would have been out of contract at the end of next season, having initially joined on a three-year deal from the Magpies in 2011, but is set to become the latest player to commit his future to Swansea.

Top scorer Michu, Michel Vorm, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor and Ben Davies have all put pen to paper on new deals at the Liberty Stadium in recent months.

Meanwhile, club chairman Huw Jenkins has dismissed suggestions Danny Graham has asked to leave the club. Reports have emerged that the 27-year-old striker expressed his desire to move elsewhere citing "personal reasons", with Sunderland, who Swansea play on Tuesday, the favourites to sign him.

Swansea denied the stories when contacted by Press Association Sport and Jenkins told BBC Radio Wales: "At the moment there is no substance to this whatsoever."

Swansea had received bids from Sunderland and Norwich earlier in January with Graham finding his opportunities limited by the scoring form of Michu. But the former Middlesbrough, Carlisle and Watford forward has still managed to score seven goals this season, including four in his last seven appearances.

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