Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed his interest in trying to sign midfielder Joe Allen from former club Swansea City.
The 22-year-old has spent the whole of his career to date with the Swans, but has been linked with a possible move away from the Liberty Stadium this summer.
Now Rodgers has thrown the Reds' hat into the ring as a possible destination, with the Northern Irishman looking to strengthen his squad ahead of his first campaign in charge at Anfield.
"I have a great relationship with Swansea, but if there is a market for any of the players, I would like to be in that market," Rodgers told reporters. "He is a very talented player.
"At this moment, there are ongoing negotiations on a few targets. We hope we're close to some deals.
"As a manager you want them in sooner rather than later, but the main thing is to get them in before the beginning of the season."
Rodgers has already snapped up Italian striker Fabio Borini from Roma as he begins to makes his mark on Merseyside.
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