Liverpool to treble Joe Allen's wages and pay him £2m signing-on fee

The Welshman will seal his £15 million switch from Swansea City in the next 24 hours to become Brendan Rodgers' second signing at Anfield
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Liverpool will treble Joe Allen's wages and pay him a £2 million signing-on fee when he completes his move from Swansea City, can reveal.

Allen is poised to undergo a medical at Liverpool's training ground on Friday ahead of completing a £15m move from the Liberty Stadium.

The Welshman watched from the directors' box at Anfield on Thursday night as Brendan Rodgers' team sealed their place in the Europa League play-off draw by sweeping aside FC Gomel 3-0 to record a 4-0 aggregate win over the two legs.

It is understood that Liverpool have agreed to triple Allen's Swansea salary, which is worth £15,000-a-week, and supplement his new £45,000-a-week deal with a £2m signing-on fee.

He will become Rodgers' second major signing at Anfield following the capture of Fabio Borini, who joined from Roma earlier this summer in a deal worth up to £11.2m.
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Liverpool triggered a release clause in Allen's contract by tabling a £15m bid and the deal became inevitable once the midfielder made it clear to Swansea officials that he wanted to have the chance to speak to the Merseysiders.

The transfer reunites Allen with Rodgers, his manager at Swansea until he took over at Liverpool on June 1.

Rodgers helped to nurture the Swansea academy graduate into an accomplished deep-lying playmaker and he is expected to be part of a three-man midfield at Anfield alongside Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard.

Swansea will now turn their attention to capturing a replacement for Allen. They have targeted Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies but are unwilling to pay more than the £5m they have offered for the 24-year-old.

Bolton are holding out for £6m for the former Wolves player but Swansea will turn their attention to other targets if the Championship club do not accept the bid on the table.

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