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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 June, 2003, 10:26 GMT 11:26 UK
Britton free to join Swans
Leon Britton (left) in action for Swansea
Leon Britton could make Swansea his permanent home
West Ham's Leon Britton is close to making a permanent return to the Vetch Field next season.

The 20-year-old midfielder was a key member of the Swansea side and a firm favourite with the fans after joining the club on loan last December.

He has been told by relegated West Ham that he can leave on a free transfer, leaving the way clear to commit to Swansea.

Director of football Brian Flynn will also meet another 20-year-old, left-back Leon Hylton, on Thursday morning after he was released by Aston Villa.

Hylton spent the last three months of last season on loan with the Swans from Villa.

Flynn has also confirmed that he is to hold talks with German striker Dirk Lehmann this week following the striker's release from Scottish Premier League strugglers Motherwell.

The 31-year-old is a former team-mate of Roberto Martinez - who is in negotiations to stay at the Vetch - and will meet Flynn with a view to a free transfer move.

Lehmann has also played for Brighton & Hove Albion, Hibernian and Fulham in the UK, as well as Molenbeek, Energie Cottbuss, Alemannia Aachen and FC Cologne.

But Flynn has had to postpone his discussions with out-of-contract pair Karl Connolly, who is away on holiday and Chris Plummer.

The Swansea boss had hoped to meet the two players, who were released by QPR on Wednesday, together but will talk to Plummer next Monday.




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