Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he has spoken to Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins about a move for Joe Allen.
Swansea confirmed yesterday there had been interest from the Anfield club and they are believed to have turned down a £12.5m bid from Liverpool for Allen.
Former Swans boss Rodgers refused to comment on speculation Liverpool had returned with a second bid for the 22-year-old, who has also been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
“I have a brilliant relationship with Huw Jenkins and we’ve had a private conversation that will remain private.
“There’s obviously been a lot of speculation off the back of that and unfortunately a lot of it is wrong.
“Joe is a very talented Pleyers but I don’t want to say any more about that one.”
Swansea are ready to hold out as much money as possible for Wales international Allen, who has three years left to run on his current contract.
He has a release clause in his contract allowing him to speak to any of the ‘big five’ clubs of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea make bids of £15m.
A Swansea 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.
“There has also been interest from other clubs regarding his possible availability and the club is due to speak to Joe, as originally planned, about the situation when he returns from GB duty.
“The club is not prepared to release any details on whether any formal bids have been made at this stage or details of Joe’s contract, which are private and confidential. The club is extremely disappointed that speculation regarding certain aspects of his contract have been released to the media by parties outside the club.
“Fortunately the club is in a financial position where it does not need to sell any of its players and will continue to work in the best interests of its supporters, who are our priority, and the club to provide new manager Michael Laudrup with the best opportunity to be successful in the forthcoming Premier League campaign.”
By Tim Lewis