Swansea confirm Liverpool interest in Allen

Updated: July 25, 2012
Joe Allen

Swansea have expressed their disappointed with Liverpool’s pursuit of midfielder Joe Allen.

Following their raid on the Welsh earlier in the summer for boss Brendan Rodgers the Anfield club have now returned to the Liberty Stadium to enquire about the availability of the Welsh international.

Allen is currently preparing with team GB for the Olympics and last season signed a new four-year deal with Swansea however that hasn’t prevented Rodgers from making a move for the player.

A €15 million buyout clause have been reported in the media and while that remains unconfirmed Swansea have revealed their dismay with the direction taken by Liverpool who has previously agreed not to make approaches for any Swans players until next year.

Speaking to www.swanseacity.net a club spokesman said: “Swansea can confirm that Liverpool have expressed an interest in Joe Allen, despite a written agreement with Liverpool not to approach any players within the 12-month period of former manager Brendan Rodgers leaving for Anfield.”

The spokesman continued on www.swanseacity.net: “There has also been interest from other clubs regarding his possible availability and the club is due to speak to Joe, as originally planned, about the situation when he returns from GB (Olympic) duty.

“The club is not prepared to release any details on whether any formal bids have been made at this stage or details of Joe’s contract, which are private and confidential.

“The club is extremely disappointed that speculation regarding certain aspects of his contract have been released to the media by parties outside the club.”

The spokesman also added: “Fortunately the club is in a financial position where it does not need to sell any of its players and will continue to work in the best interests of its supporters, who are our priority, and the club to provide new manager Michael Laudrup with the best opportunity to be successful in the forthcoming Premier League campaign.”

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