Last week, rumours first emerged linking Swansea City with a move for Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen. This week, journalists with ties to Liverpool suggested no deal would take place this month but that the club had let Allen know that if he wanted out in the summer they would be open to negotiating a deal.
Now, BBC Wales has added further to the story, claiming Swansea only approached Liverpool about a potential loan of the Welsh international. Given Liverpool’s many injuries this season, it probably wouldn’t make sense for the club to ship Allen out this month. It would make even less sense for them to send him out on loan.
If a loan deal was all that was ever on the table for Allen, it’s no surprise Liverpool dismissed it out of hand. It’s also no real surprise that their response to the approach was to let it be known that Allen wouldn’t be moving on this month. What happens come the summer is far less certain, but for now Allen remains necessary depth.
Swansea recently sold former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle United for £12M, leading to speculation they would be bringing in another midfielder this month. So far, aside from Allen, they have also been linked with a move for another ex-Swansea player, Jonathan de Guzman, currently with Napoli.
There are reports that there was some hope that de Guzman, like Allen, might be available on loan, which hints at a worrying situation for Swansea financially if following Shelvey’s £12M departure the only options open to the club are to look to being in another midfielder on loan.