Brendan Rodgers is ready to raid his former club for the 22-year-old midfielder, who is set to make his competitive Team GB debut on Thursday in the Olympic Games
By Greg Stobart
Liverpool are set to complete the signing of Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen after the two clubs agreed a £13.5 million fee, Goal.com has learned.
Earlier this month Goal.com revealed that Brendan Rodgers was ready to make signing the 22-year-old a priority after securing the services of Fabio Borini, who is expected to make his debut against his old club Roma in a showpiece friendly at Boston's Fenway Park on Wednesday.
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The Welsh club ignored the contractual clause agreed when Rodgers moved to Merseyside which was designed to ensure that no Swans players could be signed by Liverpool for a minimum of 12 months.
Swansea had hoped to command a fee of £15m, which would have activated Allen's release clause, but have agreed to a slightly lower valuation following last week's arrival of Spanish midfielder Michu from Rayo Vallecano in a deal worth £2m.
Liverpool hope to finalise the transfer before the end of this week, ahead of their friendly with Tottenham in Baltimore where Gylfi Sigurdsson, who earlier this month snubbed a reunion with Rodgers, is expected to feature for Andre Villas-Boas' side.
Meanwhile, Goal.com understands that Liverpool's attempts to sign Clint Dempsey remain at an impasse, with Fulham reluctant to part company with last season's top goalscorer.
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He also intends to trim his squad ahead of the new season with goalkeeper Alexander Doni expected to secure a return to his native Brazil after being deemed surplus to requirements following just one season and a solitary senior appearance.