Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly joined Liverpool in the race to sign Swansea City’s Joe Allen.
The Anfield club were the only side reported to have a serious interest in the Team GB midfielder, but now a report in The Sun claims Spurs have joined the race.
Allen was impressive for the newly-promoted Swans last season and, when boss Brendan Rodgers made the switch to Merseyside earlier this summer, it was quickly being reported that he wanted his former charge to make the same move.
The report claims Liverpool offered £12.5million plus Jonjo Shelvey on a season long loan for the 22-year-old, but the bid was quickly knocked back and the Swans are understood to be content to wait for something much closer to their £15million valuation.
Spurs' reported interest will please the Welsh club, as it increases the likelihood of their estimation of Allen’s worth being met.
This interest has created a rift between Swansea and Liverpool, with the former releasing a statement expressing their anger at the Reds approach, as it contravened a written agreement signed when Rodgers left, and certain details of his contract being made public.
Allen is currently with the Team GB Olympic football squad and is expected to line up for Stuart Pearce’s team when they face Senegal at Old Trafford on Thursday.