Swansea City's Leroy Lita joins Brighton on loan
SWANSEA City outcast Leroy Lita has joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan.
Michael Laudrup has made it clear to the striker, whose Swansea contract expires at the end of the season, that he has no future at the Liberty Stadium.
And after suggestions that he has turned down potential moves to a number of Championship clubs, Lita has now taken the opportunity to move out on an emergency loan deal which runs until January 1.
Albion have been desperate to land a forward having lost both Leo Ulloa and Craig Mackail-Smith to long-term injuries.
They were interested in Tottenham youngster Jonathan Obika, but he too has suffered an injury setback.
As a result the Seagulls, who are 15th in the second tier, turned their attention to Lita.
The 28-year-old has struggled to make an impact at the Liberty ever since Brendan Rodgers signed him from Middlesbrough in a £1.75 million deal in the summer of 2011.
He made 18 appearances in his maiden Swansea campaign, scoring twice, but quickly moved out of the first-team picture when Laudrup took the reins.
He has not played a single minute for Swansea under the Dane, and spent much of last season on loan at Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday.
The Owls are one of a host of Championship clubs who are thought to have expressed an interest in the former England Under-21 man this term.
But Lita has opted for Brighton, where he will be reunited with former Swans Kemy Agustien and Andrea Orlandi.
Lita has spent part of this campaign training with Swansea’s under-21 squad.