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JOE ALLEN has told Swansea City he is ready to complete a record-breaking move to Liverpool.
The Wales midfielder is set for a £15m move to Anfield after Brendan Rodgers told his former employers he is prepared to meet the buy-out clause in the 22-year-old's contract.
Allen trained with Swansea this morning, but has told both club chairman Jenkins and manager Michael Laudrup of his intention to take up the offer of being reunited with Rodgers.
It will bring an end to a summer of speculation over the Team GB playmaker and make him the costliest Welsh player in history, the £15m fee larger than the £14m Manchester City paid West Ham for Allen's Olympic teammate Craig Bellamy in 2009.
It represents a huge blow for Swansea who had seen Allen sign a four-year deal last summer.
However, in that contract existed a release clause that would be triggered at £15m by a selection of clubs, Swansea powerless if that figure was reached.
It was on this technicality that Rodgers was able to get around a 12-month "player protection" agreement made when he quit the Liberty for Anfield in May. The Northern Irishman confirmed himself at the time of his move he was unable to make moves for Swansea players unless they were made available for sale.
But despite Swansea citing that agreement when they angrily rejected a £12.5m offer at the end of last month from Liverpool, they had long accepted the young midfielder would be on his way once the offer was upped.
Liverpool are yet to make the £15m offer in writing, but have verbally indicated that they are now ready to make the deal happen.
Spurs had been touted as potential suitors of Allen, who made his Swansea debut at the age of 16 in 2007 and wowed observers in his maiden Premier League campaign.
But Liverpool were always the more likely to push through a deal because of Rodgers' long-standing admiration for the player who he will believe is key to helping him implement his style on the Liverpool side.tells-swansea-city-he-wants-to-join-liverpool-fc-91466-3