LIVERPOOL are closing in on a deal to bring Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen to Anfield.
Boss Brendan Rodgers, whose side face Roma in a friendly at Boston’s Fenway Park tonight, is keen to be reunited with the talented Wales international and has made signing him his priority in the transfer market.
Allen has a release clause in his contract which is triggered if one of five Premier League clubs bid £15million for his services.
Liverpool are one of those named in the four-year deal he penned last August, along with Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea.
That has complicated matters as Tottenham, who are vying with the Reds for his signature, aren’t subject to meeting that amount and could effectively land him for a lower fee.
However, while Liverpool are reluctant to pay £15million, they remain confident a compromise will soon be reached with the Swans.
The highly-rated 22-year-old playmaker, who is currently involved with Team GB at the Olympics, has his heart set on a move to Anfield and should be on board prior to the start of the Premier League campaign.
When Rodgers left the Liberty Stadium to take over as Liverpool manager on June 1 he agreed with Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins not to raid their talent for 12 months.
But it has since emerged that if a Swansea player becomes available to buy then Rodgers is free to join the chase.
Having been desperate to keep hold of Allen, new Swans boss Michael Laudrup is now increasingly resigned to losing him.
Laudrup said: “You can force players to stay but how does that help? It’s better to find a solution that suits both parties.
“We just have to wait and see if an offer comes.”
As Liverpool look to wrap up a deal for Allen, they are no closer to completing a move for Fulham’s Clint Dempsey.
The Cottagers are refusing to budge from their £10million asking price for the USA international.
Liverpool won’t pay that fee for a 29-year-old who only has 12 months remaining on his current deal. Fulham are desperate to keep Dempsey, who scored 23 goals in all competitions last season, and have now offered him a lucrative new contract in a bid to convince him to stay.
Rodgers has so far only added £11million striker Fabio Borini, who flew into Boston on Monday night, to the squad he inherited.
The Northern Irishman is hoping to sell those who are surplus to requirements in order to boost his transfer kitty.
No permanent bids have been received for Andy Carroll since Newcastle failed in an attempt to take him back to the North East on a season-long loan.
The Reds will consider offers of around £20million and if none are forthcoming Carroll will remain at Anfield.
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