Transfer Window: Joe Allen in Stands for Liverpool Europa Match
Those watching Liverpool's second leg victory over Belarusian side FC Gomel were treated to an appearance in the stands every bit as intriguing as any on the pitch.
Swansea's Joe Allen was on hand to take in the 3-0 victory. He may also have been taking in his future stomping ground of Anfield.
This comes one day after the Guardian broke the story that a £15 million deal is all but concluded.
Many saw the transfer as an impossibility, given Brendan Rodgers' 12-month agreement with his former club not to go after former players. Nevertheless, the new Liverpool manager seems to have found a loophole in a release cause written into Allen's contract.
Should the Welshman sign, he will immediately vie for a spot on Merseyside. The Olympic standout can play either the holding or defensive midfield roles within the new 4-3-3 system.
Thus, his signing represents added depth behind Lucas. It also means that Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Jonjo Shelvey will have more competition on their hands as they struggle to secure the final starting place.
Whether or not Allen, at 22, with one year of EPL experience is worth the price tag remains to be seen.
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