Schemer on duo’s radars.
The young midfielder has caught the eye over recent seasons and has made his way onto the shopping lists of most of the top clubs in the Premier League.
Liverpool have monitored him for some time with Kenny Dalglish an admirer before Brendan Rodgers’ arrival at Anfield. Rodgers’ admiration for Allen was evident in how much he trusted him while at Swansea and the 22-year-old is a player he would like at Liverpool if possible.
Tottenham also like £10m-rated Allen and chairman Daniel Levy is always weighing up potential sell-on value. Yet it may be too big a step to expect him to replace White Hart Lane idol Luka Modric in this window.
SOURCE: The Daily Mail
Andre Villas-Boas has only been Spurs boss a matter of hours and already the club are being linked with a host of replacements for the Luka Modric (who, it’s worth mentioning, hasn’t even left yet!) – the latest being Swansea ball-player Joe Allen.
According to the source, Liverpool are also interested in the 22-year-old Swansea midfielder, although the writer appears to have overlooked the fact that Liverpool are unable to sign players from Swansea City for a year as part of Brendan Rogers settlement package to move from south Wales to Merseyside.
As for Spurs, Allen joins Brazilian starlet Oscar, Portugal’s Euro 2012 schemer Joao Moutinho and Icelandic star Gylfi Sigurdsson on the list of potential replacements for the Croatian.
And he wouldn’t be a bad one. The diminutive midfielder caught the eye last term in his Premier League debut season, playing 36 games and scoring four times. His impressive range of passing also earned him a call up to Stuart Pearce’s Team GB squad for the Olympics.
Allen is a proud Welshman, with 8 caps for his country, and may be reluctant to leave Swansea but the prospect of linking up with compatriot Gareth Bale under a manager like Villas-Boas may prove hard to resist.