Manchester United are considering a shock move to sign Reds midfielder Joe Allen, according to the Daily Star.
The publication claims new United boss Louis van Gaal is an admirer of the Welsh midfielder, and watched him in action during the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on Monday night.
Allen is said to have come to the Dutchman’s attention during a match between Wales and the Netherlands in June, and has now been identified as a serious transfer target just five days before the window closes.
Allen started for the Reds at the Etihad on Monday night, but faces competition for regular first team football following the summer arrivals of Adam Lallana and Emre Can.
Brendan Rodgers is a big admirer of the 24-year-old however, who he managed during his time at Swansea.
The Reds number 24 became one of Rodgers first signings for the club in the summer of 2012 for a fee of £15million – a figure that reportedly put off Manchester United after they had enquired.
Van Gaal has concerns about his midfield, with Ander Herrara and Michael Carrick injured, and Darren Fletcher, Tom Cleverley and Maraoune Fellaini struggling for form.
The new United boss has endured a torrid start to life in the Old Trafford hot seat, and watched his side suffer a humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup last night.
Any move for Allen would prove complicated however, with only five Liverpool players having ever been transferred to United – Tom Chorlton (1912), Tom Miller (1920), Tommy Reid (1929), Ted Savage (1938) and Allenby Chilton (1938).
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