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Swansea City knock back Liverpool's £12m bid for Joe Allen

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 26, 2012

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SWANSEA City are ready to play hardball over Joe Allen after rejecting Liverpool's £12 million bid for their midfield star.

The Reds lodged the megamoney offer earlier this week but were told no by Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.

Swansea are now likely to demand that Liverpool meet a £15 million release clause in Allen's Liberty Stadium contract — and even then it is not guaranteed they will sell.

Swansea say Liverpool are one of a number of clubs who have expressed an interest in Allen, with the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United also being touted as potential suitors.

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But Swansea have stressed again that they are in no rush to sell the Welsh international starlet.

And they have also reiterated that a clause in the compensation package which took former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers to Anfield back in May states that he cannot return for any of his former players until next summer.

Allen has not put in a transfer request, but it is understood the 22-year-old is interested in joining Rodgers on Merseyside.

If Liverpool do offer £15 million for his services and Swansea say no because of the Rodgers compensation clause, it could be that the case ends up in the hands of lawyers.

It may be that Allen's camp argue that an agreement between Swansea and Liverpool regarding Rodgers is nothing to do with the player and should not interfere with his career.

As part of their opening bid for Allen, Liverpool offered Swansea the chance to take promising midfielder Jonjo Shelvey on a season-long loan.

But Swansea have indicated that Michael Laudrup has no interest in the former Charlton youngster.

Whether any other Reds players will be offered in part exchange — and whether Swansea show any interest — remains to be seen.

Last night the Swans released a statement confirming Liverpool's interest.

A club spokesman said: "Swansea City 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.

"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 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 has been released to the media by parties outside the club.

"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."

Allen, who is in action for the Team GB Olympic side in Manchester tonight, has made no comment as yet on the Liverpool speculation.

The Pembrokeshire product has been at Swansea since he was just nine years old and has just enjoyed two superb seasons.

While he was not looking for a move this summer, the Liverpool opportunity is one that tempts him.

Allen can expect a massive pay rise should he follow Rodgers north, and he would also get the chance to play for a club who are looking to compete at the top end of the Premier League next season.

The fact that he already knows the Liverpool manager well is an added bonus. But it seems Rodgers will have to up his bid for a player he rated as Swansea's best performer last season if a transfer is to happen.

The clause in Allen's Swansea deal — a four-year agreement he signed last summer — states that the club must sell if Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal offer £15 million for him.

Somewhat worryingly for Swansea, it is believed any other club could get the player for a sum of around £10 million because of a second clause in Allen's contract at the Liberty.

Jenkins is currently with the Swansea squad on their pre-season tour of America.

Laudrup's players were this morning flying to California for the second leg of their trip after losing their opening friendly at Colorado Rapids.

Michel Vorm did not feature in that game, but Swansea say their first-choice goalkeeper is not injured and was left out because he returned to pre-season training later than his colleagues following Euro 2012.

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  • andyjack10  |  July 27 2012, 7:45PM

    Everybody seems to forget it will take a 15million pound bid for Joe in order for Swansea to let him talk to that club,Then its up to Joe should he wish to talk to them, then its up to Swansea if they want to sell him regardless of the money involved Swansea and Joe have the best part of a four year contract to run.So even if Joe wanted to leave Swansea will have the final say in it!

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  • slagheap  |  July 27 2012, 3:56PM

    Yes illinformed you are quite right Spurs were the first to make a bid,but they only made a bid when the 15mill trigger clause in the players contract was leaked to the press,I wonder who could have leaked it.

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  • illinformed  |  July 27 2012, 1:05PM

    As I understand it, the deal between Rodgers and Liverpool was that he could not initiate a bid for any Swansea players, but would be allowed to enter a bid if any player was the subject of an approach from another club ( in this instance Tottenham )

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  • phildavies14  |  July 27 2012, 8:54AM

    The realism here is that we have had £7million in compo for BR and his team. HJ will get somewhere between, £12-£15 for JA. Given the small outlay spent this summer, there is money left in the pot to build the proper training facility and a proper academy, without breaking the bank. JA is destined for big things in a side that can play passing football. HJ will not break the club to build an academy or training facility, so this is probably the best bit of summer business done. Regardless of whether we stay in the PL, we will have a great foundation to start on in the future and whether we are a championship club or PL club. To be able to bring players to proper facilities, rather than open air ones at Llandarcy or their own gym rather than shared gym Virgin active... well that has to be good. Good like JA, you will be missed, but one suspects you will miss us more. If the later happens, give HJ a call and we'll have you back for a couple of mill !!

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  • DJofTNE  |  July 26 2012, 8:27PM

    No one knows what Joe thinks about this, lets wait and see before we chop him up and feed him to the pigs.

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  • DJofTNE  |  July 26 2012, 8:24PM

    Some clueless people on here, thos who want Allen to come out and tell us, choose another sports, footballs not for you. See Neil Taylor / Newcastle last season as proof that Huw will see ur right.

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  • jackswan2012  |  July 26 2012, 7:22PM

    15 million is selling us and joe allen short.should be at least 20 million

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  • arnoldlane  |  July 26 2012, 6:32PM

    Hardball is an Americanism.

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  • alreadyinuse1  |  July 26 2012, 5:05PM

    Brochadav You sound like AVB with all this talk about projects. Definition of a Judas: An individual whom sells out for their own personal benefit. Our club has giving Allen everything, and now we've had nearly 3 weeks of is he or is he not going, without him (or his agent(s)) making any form of statement. That to me shows the lack of fair mindedness that he has for all of us who helped put him where he is today.

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  • brochadav  |  July 26 2012, 4:13PM

    How can any fair minded person call Allen a judas, he wants to concentrate on the project in hand first and I say that's fair enough. Rodgers is the judas, breaking a written agreement. But if Joe is to leave then £15 million will more than make up for the loss and I trust our board and Laudrup to use it wisely. It's laughable to try and palm us off with a lower fee and a Liverpool reject on loan though. We'll take the cash thank you very much. When Rodgers left he had my best wishes, now I hope he falls flat on his face, the two faced hypocrite. Another man who says all the right things but doesn't live up to his words. I don't want Joe to leave but a player of his quality is bound for bigger and better things. Why can't we just thank him for what he's done for us and let him go with no spite or jealousy.

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