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Thursday 19 April 2018

Swansea open door for Reds' Allen bid

Ian Herbert

Swansea City have softened their stance on their unwillingness to sell midfielder Joe Allen to Liverpool -- despite the Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers entering into an agreement with his former club not to take their players.

There has still been no movement towards the purchase of Allen by Liverpool -- who are currently focused on their North American tour, with their first match in Toronto 48 hours away.

But while the player's agent Glenn Corcoran has confirmed that there has been no approach, the 22-year-old is aware of Liverpool's possible interest and does not need to make a transfer request to make his club know that he would like to take his next career step with Rodgers.

Swansea have a fee of around £15m in mind -- a sum which would be too substantial for them to reject, despite the loss of one of the club's brightest players.

Though the club were initially determined that Allen should not be sold, there is an acceptance that it would be foolish to dismiss any notion of him being sold if it delivered the club a substantial amount to reinvest.

Neither has there been an official move by Liverpool for Fulham's Clint Dempsey -- despite the club suffering the embarrassment of a company that they used to produce editorial for their owners' website posting a headline that read, "Fabio Borini, Liverpool gear up for North American Tour as Clint Dempsey joins club."

The site went on to say Liverpool had "added Fabio Borini and Clint Dempsey to a team that came within a game of winning the FA Cup."

An accompanying video, captioned with the words, "Report: Clint Dempsey signs with Liverpool FC," acknowledged that stories in the English press were speculative.

Rodgers admitted last night the club have made enquiries about the availability of Dempsey but Fulham have said the player is not for sale and that they hope to tie the 29-year-old to a new deal.

"Clint is a player we've enquired about, it is as simple as that," said the Liverpool boss.

"Ian Ayre, our managing director, has spoken with the club to see what the position is. That is where we're at.

"He's a very talented player, but we don't like to talk about other clubs' players."


Rodgers was, however, willing to discuss the future of England striker Andy Carroll, who has been linked with a loan move to former club Newcastle.

"There has been a lot written and spoken about him, but first and foremost Andy is a Liverpool player," Rodgers said.

"To consider a loan period for someone the club spent £35m on isn't something we're looking to do at this moment in time.

"Andy will be the same as every other player.

"If there's ever an offer that comes in we'd look at it as a club and see if it's going to be worthwhile for the club and the team as a whole.

"The club invested £35m in him. People talk about whether he can fit into my style or not, but if you're a club and you spend £35m, a player can fit into whatever style the team plays.

"He's a good player. He'll join the rest of the group next week and we'll take it from there." (© Independent News Service)

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