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Swansea City: Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair set for the exit?

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 10, 2012

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SWANSEA City are today poised to bid farewell to Joe Allen amid mounting speculation that Scott Sinclair is also on his way out of the Liberty.

Allen is on the brink of being unveiled as a Liverpool player after the Reds weighed in with a verbal £15 million offer for the Wales starlet.

And it could be that Sinclair follows him through the exit door after it emerged that Manchester City have made a firm inquiry about Swansea's flying left-winger.

Swansea, meantime, are working on deals for Bolton midfielder Mark Davies and Kaiserslautern frontman Itay Shechter, while they also remain interested in long-time target Albert Adomah.

In what has been a turbulent summer already, it now appears Swansea's squad is heading for quite a shake-up ahead of the August 31 transfer deadline.

Allen looks like being the first man out of the door after he told boss Michael Laudrup yesterday that he wants to join Liverpool.

As the Evening Post revealed last week, the 22-year-old has already agreed personal terms at Anfield and will sign a bumper contract which will see his salary rocket.

That will happen once Swansea and Liverpool iron out the finer details of the record-breaking transfer deal.

Swansea have no choice but to sell after Liverpool upped their bid to £15 million, triggering a clause in the player's Liberty contract.

Swansea had claimed for a long time that the Reds would not be able to bid for any of their players because of an agreement in the compensation package which took Brendan Rodgers to Anfield earlier this summer.

But that clause now appears to have been forgotten after Liverpool spelled out their determination to land Allen by upping their original offer of £12.5 million plus a player on loan.

The only sticking point remaining is how exactly the Allen payments will be made, with Swansea attempting — probably in vain — to secure the whole £15 million up front.

Swansea were last night still waiting for a written offer which will spell out Liverpool's proposed schedule of payments.

However long the two clubs squabble over the terms of the deal, it is now all but certain Allen will leave.

The Pembrokeshire product has been at Swansea since he was only nine years old and had not been angling for a move.

But the chance to play for one of this country's most celebrated clubs under a manager he knows well — and sign a life-changing contract — has, unsurprisingly, proved too much to resist.

He met Jenkins on Wednesday afternoon, then sat down with Laudrup after training yesterday to spell out his desire to move on.

Sinclair may soon follow Allen to a different corner of the North West, with Roberto Mancini preparing an offer for the former Chelsea youngster.

City are aware that Sinclair, who has enjoyed two strong seasons as a Swansea player, will be available for a cut-price fee because he has only a year to run on his contract.

And it appears the megarich champions believe Sinclair can be an asset despite the fact that he will be competing with the likes of David Silva, Samir Nasri and James Milner for game-time at the Etihad Stadium.

There has been speculation that Adam Johnson could head to Wales on loan as part of the Sinclair deal, but his wages would be an issue for Swansea.

They have been keen to tie Sinclair to a new contract, but have no chance of competing with the wages that will be on offer at City should they firm up their interest.

Given that Sinclair could walk away for nothing in a year's time, a bid of around £5 million would probably tempt Swansea to sell.

Swansea already look to have a potential replacement for Sinclair in mind in the shape of Adomah, the former Barnet player who former boss Rodgers tried to sign when he was in charge.

The 24-year-old is likely to cost up to £3 million, while it is thought a bid of around £6 million would tempt Bolton into selling Davies.

Wanderers have claimed they do not want to lose the ex-Wolves man, but they are likely to do business if Swansea are prepared to pay up.

Ideally, Jenkins would like to get the Davies fee agreed before the Allen deal is confirmed, otherwise Bolton's asking price could climb further.

One transfer that is agreed is Shechter's year-long loan from Kaiserslautern.

And Swansea are increasingly optimistic that the Israeli striker will be granted a work permit, meaning the move will be rubber-stamped.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  August 13 2012, 8:33AM

    I am happy for the kid, most of us here can accept that he is going to be a big name in football and that usually means a player is prised away by a traditionally big club. We should just be happy that the contract had a £15M buyout clause as that put a roof on the negotiation, and without this, yes we could demand more but also the other party can walk away. £15M. £15,000,000. FIFTEEN MILLION! Jeez, I hope we can produce a few more youngsters and sell them on that price haha!

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  • Baljja  |  August 10 2012, 11:24PM

    Well said brochadav couldn't have said it better myself. "MICHAEL LAUDRUP for gods sake" PRICELESS

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  • Baljja  |  August 10 2012, 11:14PM

    Well said brochadav, couldn't have put it better myself. "MICHAEL LAUDRUP for gods sake", PRICELESS

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  • datasafe  |  August 10 2012, 8:24PM

    Scott Sinclair is a b movie player he was rubbish last season sell him 5 million quid what deal GRAB THE MONEY SWANSEA .ALLEN DESERVES IT .BUT HE WONT GET MANY GAMES THERE AT LIVERPOOL AND I THINK RODGERS WILL BE SACKED.BEFORE MAY .LIVERPOOL FANS WILL WATCH TENNIS FOOTBALL AND IT WILL AFFECT THEIR BRAINS.LIVERPOOL FANS WILL CUT RODGERS HEAD OPEN IF HE DONT WIN MATCHES .THE AMERICAN OWNERS WILL FIND RODGERS TENNIS FOOTBALL SO BORING THE BALL ..LEFT RIGHT..BACK TO GOALIE..LEFT RIGHT ..MIDDLE..LEFT BACK TO GOALIE..SOME OF THE GAMES I WATCHED IN SWANSEA WERE SO BORING..BR YOUR NOT GONNA LAST AT LIVERPOOL..MARK MY WORDS

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  • datasafe  |  August 10 2012, 8:19PM

    Scott Sinclair is a b movie player he was rubbish last season sell him 5 million quid what deal GRAB THE MONEY SWANSEA .ALLEN DESERVES IT .BUT HE WONT GET MANY GAMES THERE AT LIVERPOOL AND I THINK RODGERS WILL BE SACKED.BEFORE MAY .LIVERPOOL FANS WILL WATCH TENNIS FOOTBALL AND IT WILL AFFECT THEIR BRAINS.LIVERPOOL FANS WILL CUT RODGERS HEAD OPEN IF HE DONT WIN MATCHES .THE AMERICAN OWNERS WILL FIND RODGERS TENNIS FOOTBALL SO BORING THE BALL ..LEFT RIGHT..BACK TO GOALIE..LEFT RIGHT ..MIDDLE..LEFT BACK TO GOALIE..SOME OF THE GAMES I WATCHED IN SWANSEA WERE SO BORING..BR YOUR NOT GONNA LAST AT LIVERPOOL..MARK MY WORDS

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  • KP287  |  August 10 2012, 5:52PM

    If they want to go let them, provided it is financially beneficial to us. If they spend time warming the bench, play great football or bomb miserably, so be it. We only want players who want to play for us...

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  • perthswan_wa  |  August 10 2012, 5:50PM

    Let's face it . A few years ago we would have jumped at the chance, with all the ground staff in the team, if it meant starting the season in the Premier League. This is our second season, of which I'm sure we can finish above three other clubs at the end of it. Let's not worry about the players that are going, let's get behind the players who will be there every week,a great new boss, and of course Huw and the board, and this time next year we'll be looking forward to our third stint at the top.

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  • divingtulip  |  August 10 2012, 5:03PM

    over the years we had players come to swansea and they fit in to the way we play regular and are great players but once they leave swansea for some reason they end up on the bench .we come from the championship to the premier and most of the players never played premier foorball untill last season joe played well last season he might have a bit of luck he,s going to liverpool that trying to play the same as when rogers was with swansea he might be o.k for some games,sinclair on the other hand as played one season in the premier at it,s gone to is head he had a bad first season he might be going to man city he got to fit in with the players and they way they play he wont make it he will be on the bench or sent out on loan ..

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  • Hadoken4354  |  August 10 2012, 2:50PM

    "Do you consider the like of Graham, Vorm, Britton, Tate, Williams and co. to be disgusting for leaving their previous clubs to join us? Somehow I doubt it." NONE of those guys were playing prem league footy at the time, so well done on the stupid and flawed comaparison. if you are a champ league footy player it is perfectly understandable to want to progress and take the opportunity to play top level footy if and when it comes. But when you are are a recent prem league layer, you owe the club that made you that person a bit of respect and loyalty, espepecially when they brought you up from a kid ala joe allen.

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  • brochadav  |  August 10 2012, 1:34PM

    Hadoken, Any sane person, if offered 2million pounds and more than double their wages would take it. Loyalty is something from a forgotten era. We should just be grateful that Swansea's youth policy has yielded such a good player that we benefit by 15 million pounds. That's probably over 14 million pure profit!! We'll use that money to pry players away from other teams, that's the way it works. Liverpool aren't praying on a poor Welsh club, they are looking after their own interests in the same way we are. it's just they are a bigger and more prestigious club than us. I do wish Joe well, it's partly because of his efforts that Swansea are premier league and entirely because of him we are 15 million better off. Swansea are no longer fighting the odds, when we go looking for players now, we can lure players away from clubs lower down the pecking order because we are PREMIER LEAGUE!!! Some people cannot get past the negative side of things, well I choose to be positive. We are a top flight club with a stronger squad than last season and with more money in the bank than we've ever had before.....and to cap it all Michael Laudrup is our manager, MICHAEL LAUDRUP for gods sake, a football legend, football royalty if you will. Come on everyone, lets be confident, the Swans are going to surprise a few more people this coming season, roll on QPR. I can hardly wait.

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