New Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is continuing to make matters difficult for his Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers, by snatching players from his shopping list this summer. After his successful coup in landing Icelandic international Glyfi Sigurdsson, Villas-Boas has now set his sights of Great Britain and Welsh midfielder Joe Allen, who was also under Rodgers’ tutelage at Swansea last season.
With Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins far from happy with Liverpool’s attempts at stealing his star player, despite their being a clause in Rodgers’ contract preventing him from poaching from his former club for a year, it is being reported that Jenkins may opt to make a marginal loss on the sale, but offload Allen to Tottenham Hotspur instead on a matter of principle.
The Daily Star reports that Allen has a buy-out clause in his contract which would permit the club to sell him for £10 million to any club other than the top 5 clubs in the land – a category which according to the player’s contract Tottenham doesn’t quite fall into. The fee for the ‘top 5′ which reportedly includes Liverpool would be 50% higher.
Spurs are expected to launch a bid when they return from their pre-season tour of the United States.