Liverpool approach dismissed as rumours

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has confirmed that Liverpool have not made an approach for Joe Allen.

The Liberty Stadium midfielder is said to be one of Brendan Rodgers’ summer transfer targets at Anfield, but as yet the Welsh club’s former boss has not been in touch.

“I haven’t heard anything from Liverpool. If it comes to more than rumours then I am sure I will talk to the chairman about it, but it is a part of football,” the Dane told The Guardian.

“You have to deal with it, talk to the player and see what he wants. We all have our own positions, the manager, the club, the player and there are a lot of things we have to look at.

“I want him to stay here because I think he is very important for the team, but we will have to deal with that when it becomes something more than rumours,” the new coach continued.

Speculation in the press was that one of the conditions of Rodgers leaving Swansea was that he would not try to sign their players for a 12-month period, but Laudrup is unaware of this.

“I don’t know about the agreement, but of course I will do everything to keep the best players here. When that moment arrives and we have to deal with it then we will do it. For now it is only speculation,” he confirmed.

By Gareth McKnight

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