Liverpool Transfer News: Why Reds Must Keep Chasing Joe Allen

Oliver ThomasContributor IJuly 26, 2012

Joe Allen is on Liverpool's radar.
Joe Allen is on Liverpool's radar.Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Liverpool has their eyes set on Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen, and due to a clause, the club could acquire him for only £15 million, reports David Maddock of

Maddock explained the contingencies of the contractual agreement:

It says he will be allowed to leave if Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal make a £15m bid.

It would be a pivotal move for the Reds, who have lost the likes of Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt. Unfortunately for the Anfield faithful, the damage does not end there.

The club may also cut ties with a couple of other notables. According to, the Queens Park Rangers are interested in 33-year-old Craig Bellamy. Not to mention, if the Andy Carroll saga finally reaches its inevitable end and he is sold, the club would take a financial loss, per Kieran Daley of

These transactions have made the purchase of Swansea's 22-year-old all the more important. In 31 Premier League fixtures last season, Allen scored four goals and notched two assists—respectable yet unspectacular numbers.

But at this point, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is looking for any familiar face he can get. Not so long ago, he was in charge of Swansea. That is why this deal makes sense for both Allen and Liverpool. indicates that Swansea has made their sale public:

A Swansea City statement read: "Swansea City can confirm that Liverpool have expressed an interest in Joe Allen, despite a written agreement with Liverpool not to approach any players within the 12-month period of former manager Brendan Rodgers leaving for Anfield."

Liverpool must take an aggressive approach on Allen, as the middle of the pitch would truly benefit from another capable and young talent.

Allen is currently competing for Great Britain in the London Olympics. It remains to be seen what team he will be playing for next.

One thing is for certain: Liverpool can't afford to keep subtracting without adding.