Tottenham Look to Steal £10m Midfielder from Liverpool’s Grasp

White Hart Lane side look to steal second target from under Anfield side’s nose.

TOTTENHAM are considering making a bid for Swansea’s Joe Allen, who they can land for £10m.

The Team GB star, who is expected to be fit to face UAE tomorrow after picking up a knock against Senegal, has been linked with Liverpool.

That would reunite him with former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers.

But Starsport understands the 21-year-old midfielder’s buy-out clause is £10m if any club other than Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or the two Manchester sides move in – 50 per cent less than the others must pay.

SOURCE: Daily Star

Well that’s a very specific release clause isn’t it. Quite why five clubs would be asked to pay one fee but all other sides would only have to meet a lesser valuation, is something of a mystery. It is perhaps not that unusual to see Swansea City set a higher bar for both Chelsea and Liverpool, as both club’s now have connections with former boss Brendan Rodgers, but why would such a situation also affect both Manchester clubs, or Arsenal for that matter.

Either way Liverpool must fear that they could lose another top level target to Tottenham, having seen Gylfi Sigurdsson opt to move to White Hart Lane having seemingly been close to moving to Anfield.

Joe Allen has become a wanted man after a masterful first season in the top tier and Swansea City may face a fight to keep the pint sized performer.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has already seen the aforementioned Sigurdsson and Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen move to the North London club this summer and he seems keen on bringing Allen to boost his central midfield options, an area that may well need improvement if Luka Modric, as expected, leaves this summer.

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