Swansea look set to miss out on a deal to re-sign Joe Allen after Stoke had a £13million bid accepted for the Liverpool midfielder.
The midfielder, currently on leave after his exploits in getting Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, is in the final year of his contract and has been heavily linked with a return to the Liberty Stadium.
Allen is looking for more playing time, having been restricted to mainly Europa League appearances last season, and Swansea were said to be weighing up a move.
However Stoke have made the first move and their bid is roughly in line with Liverpool’s valuation of a player with less than 12 months remaining on his contract.
The decision is now likely to rest with the player himself, who is not due back to pre-season training until July 26, and Swansea will have to move quickly if they are to have any chance of hijacking the deal.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he is an admirer of Allen but he refused to be drawn on the future of the midfielder.
“There is nothing about this and all the transfer rumours,” said Klopp after a 2-0 friendly win over Huddersfield. “We cannot comment because we couldn’t do anything else all day so we shouldn’t start with this.
“I feel good (about Joe). I like the guy and I really think he is a wonderful football player.”