Liverpool reject £8m bid from Premier League foe for Joe Allen

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Midfielder Joe Allen will be staying at Liverpool for the time being as the Reds have rejected a transfer bid from Premier League foe Swansea City.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool have rejected the bid from Swansea for Joe Allen in the hopes of receiving an improved offer from another potential suitor.

Per the source, Liverpool are angling for a bid close to the £15 million they paid Swansea City for Allen back in 2012.

Allen made 19 starts and 37 appearances in all competitions for the Reds this past year, and has been impressing at the international level with Wales during their Euro 2016 run.

Gareth Bale, Wales’ star striker and leading scorer in the tournament, has been one of Allen’s most vocal supporters.

“I can’t really speak highly enough of him,” Bale said.

“I think he does the dirty work that maybe goes unnoticed. But for us, we know how vitally important he is and how amazing he’s played. In the squad we appreciate him very much.

“Maybe he doesn’t get the headlines outside, but in the squad he gets them. He works his socks off every game and I’m sure he’ll go on to do incredible things in his career.”

Wales teammate Neil Taylor also heaped the praise onto the 26-year-old midfielder, calling him ‘very underrated’ in European football.

“I was saying the other day if somebody else from another team had played that pass that Joe did through to Aaron Ramsey, if it was a Spanish player or somebody like that,

“And I know it has been raved about here, with Joe with how well he’s done. But Joey is very underrated.”

Allen has made 89 Premier League appearances and 129 total appearances for Liverpool over the past four seasons. He has been capped 28 times for Wales, including a career-high six so far in 2016.

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