Swansea City investor confirms interest in signing Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen

Swansea’s American investor Jason Levien has confirmed the club’s interest in signing Wales midfielder Joe Allen.

Liverpool this week accepted a £13million bid from Stoke for the 26-year-old, but his former club could also feature prominently in the market.

Levien and his fellow American Steve Kaplan head up the consortium that has taken a controlling interest in the Swans, sealing a reported £110million deal.

And asked about Allen – a player sold by Swansea to Liverpool for £15million in 2012 – at the Liberty Stadium on Friday, Levien said: “He is certainly someone we have discussed.

“Thinking about how additions to the club will fit in with the current structure is something we spend a lot of time on, and he is someone who obviously has a great history here.

“He is still a young player. He is someone who multiple clubs are interested in, us included.

“Huw (Jenkins, Swansea chairman) and I are in ongoing discussions. We are leaning on his (Jenkins’) wisdom, and also the right kind of process to figure out whether that’s the right addition for us, but he is someone we have our eye on.”

Regarding any possible bid for Allen, who shone during Wales’ recent run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals, Levien added: “I think that is something we are discussing, but we haven’t made a definitive bid on him at this point.”

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