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.