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Liverpool Trigger Joe Allen Release Clause

After Michael Laudrup's posturing earlier in the week, it was clear that Liverpool's interest in Joe Allen had reached the point that was worrisome for Swansea City and their new manager, who obviously wanted to keep a player that was a large part of their success last season. Today that worry seems plenty justified, as Tony Barrett from the Times reported that Liverpool have triggered the £15 million release clause** built into Allen's contract with the Welsh club, with negotiations set to take place over the next few days.
**Note: The link seems to be back behind the paywall, so it's inaccessible unless you've got a subscription. The Guardian's running a similar story now. Cheers to Professor Ch@os for the tip while it was still free.
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