Liberty Stadium youngster closes in on Anfield move.
Swansea City’s Joe Allen closes in on Liverpool switch
JOE Allen has agreed terms on a bumper contract with Liverpool as the midfielder edges closer to the Swansea City exit door.
The Evening Post can reveal the Allen camp were given permission to speak to Liverpool last month.
And we understand the 22-year-old has settled on an Anfield deal which, a source explained, will “set him up for life”.
However, though Swansea allowed Allen’s representatives to talk terms with Liverpool, they are still haggling over the size of the transfer fee.
Liverpool have tabled an offer of £12.5 million plus a player on loan — thought to be Jonjo Shelvey — which, the Post understands, Swansea have not responded to officially.
Swansea are digging their heels in over the deal, and are thought likely to demand £15 million before allowing the Welsh international to join former boss Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside.
Swansea suggested last week that Liverpool had broken an agreement between the two clubs by moving for Allen.
SOURCE: South Wales Evening Post
If Joe Allen has indeed accepted personal terms on a possible move to Anfield then Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup faces a tough task of keeping hold of the Welsh international. The 22 year old is currently on Team GB duty at the 2012 Olympics and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be keen to complete a deal to sign the midfielder schemer as soon as possible.
Allen and Rodgers clearly know each other well from the Northern Irish manager’s two seasons in charge at the Liberty Stadium and having seen the pint sized midfielder excel in his first season in the top tier the newly installed Liverpool boss clearly sees the Carmarthen born youngster as a player who could add quality to the squad he inherited from Kenny Dalglish.
Given that Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson struggled to impress in this first seasons at the Merseyside club and having seen Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt leave with Alberto Aquilani reportedly set to follow, there may well be a need to supplement Liverpool’s midfield.
Joe Allen has notched up 147 appearances for the Swans, having been at the club since the age of nine.
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