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Report: Liverpool accept Stoke bid for Allen; Swansea to match?

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CARDIFF, WALES - JULY 08: Wales’ Joe Allen walks onto the pitch during a ceremony at the Cardiff City Stadium on July 8, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. The players toured the streets of Cardiff in an open top bus before arriving at the Cardiff City Stadium for an after party for which 33,000 tickets have been sold. Wales historic run in Euro 2016 saw them reach the semi-finals, before being knocked out 2-0 by Portugal at Stade de Lyon in France. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

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Liverpool have accepted a bid for midfielder Joe Allen, though it remains to be seen whether Swansea City up the ante for its former star.

Allen, 26, has been affectionally dubbed the “Welsh Xavi” and starred at EURO 2016. He’s long been tipped for a return to Swansea, where he played under Brendan Rodgers before joining him at Liverpool in 2012.

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The fee then was around $20 million. Four years on, it’s only dropped about three million. Jurgen Klopp has praised the midfielder, though Allen has not yet joined the team and is on his EURO holiday.

From earlier: #LFC accept £13m bid from Stoke City for Joe Allen

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