Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers hails Routledge and Lita

Leroy Lita and Wayne Routledge
Lita (left) and Routledge were also England under-21 international colleagues

Brendan Rodgers insists Wayne Routledge and Leroy Lita "fit the bill perfectly" as the Swansea City manager wants to make their mark in the Premier League.

The Swans signed Lita for £1.75m on Wednesday, while Routledge is waiting on a medical as his fee and personal terms have been agreed.

Both 26-year-olds will be on three-year contracts.

"We know the types of players that we want to bring in," said Rodgers. "So both players fit the bill perfectly."

The Swans manager likes powerful and pacy attackers and Routledge and Lita are forward players who could create goal chances.

Lita will bolster a Swansea front line that includes £3.5m record-signing Danny Graham while Routledge supplements Rodgers' talented group of wingers which includes Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer.

The two former England under-21 international team-mates will join fellow summer arrivals Graham, defender Stephen Caulker and goalkeeper Jose Moreira as Swansea prepare for their first season in the Premier League.

"Leroy is a goal-scorer and has played in the Premier League as a young player," said Rodgers, who will sign Lita from Middlesbrough from £1.75m

"He is very hungry to return and offers that threat of his pace and power.

"He has shown he is a top player in the Championship and now it will be a chance for him to come into the Premier League squad and challenge for a place."

Lita scored 20 goals in 51 league starts for Middlesbrough while Routledge arrives at the Premier League newcomers after just a season at Newcastle, which included a loan spell at Championship winners Queen's Park Rangers.

"Wayne has undoubted talents," Rodgers told BBC Wales' Sport Wales show.

"He broke onto the scene as a very young player at 17 or 18.

"He may be a bit older older but it's a similar sort of situation to Scott Sinclair where he has not quite found a club to will allow him to settle, play regular and demonstrate his talent.

"This club could be perfect for him and he can play in a number of positions and has a lot of Premier League experience, considering he is only 26, and I've no doubts about his qualities and abilities.

"When he is on the top of his game, he is a player with class.

"Both players look good, look well and their fitness levels are high."

Routledge and Lita are expected to complete their Swansea switch in time for them to make their debut in the club's first home pre-season friendly against Scottish side Celtic on Wednesday.

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