Liverpool consider offering Adam to Fulham in bid to speed up Dempsey capture
08:51 GMT, 21 July 2012
Charlie Adam could be used as a makeweight in the deal to take Clint Dempsey from Fulham to Liverpool.
The Scotland midfielder only joined the Anfield club from Blackpool last summer but failed to make an instant impression.
Liverpool are leading the race for American Dempsey and could be convinced to include Adam, who would be further sidelined if new boss Brendan Rodgers completes a 15million move for Swansea's Joe Allen.
Plenty to ponder: Charlie Adam (right) could be set for a move to Fulham
Swans boss Michael Laudrup has a contingency plan should Allen leave for Liverpool, and says the midfielder will be allowed to decide his own future.
Laudrup made Rayo Vallecano midfielder Michu his third signing of the summer on Friday following the captures of Chico Flores and Jonathan de Guzman.
Laudrup reiterated that Swansea have yet to receive any contact from Liverpool, but has a plan in place should Allen move on.
'You always have to be one step ahead so we have to be prepared for everything,' he said.
'It’s not only in this case, but with each position in the team.
'When the transfer window closes on
August 31 you can breathe a sigh of relief, but you only have three or
four months when people do not talk about transfers because then you
look ahead to January 1. It will be the same then.
Wanted: Fulham's Clint Dempsey is a target for Liverpool
'You have to think about the present window as well as the future, which will be the winter window.
'But we obviously want to be able to have the best possible team available.'
Although Laudrup would like Allen to remain in south Wales, he insists that should an offer come in then the player would be allowed to decide whether he would welcome a move.
He said: 'I haven’t spoken to Joe since I have taken over. I haven’t spoken to any of the three Olympics players and we have not had any contact from Liverpool.
'I am in contact with the chairman
every day. We agree that if there will be an approach then we will have
to talk to the player.
'We cannot just answer 100 per cent yes or no without having talked to the player.
Transfer talk: Joe Allen (right) could link up with Brendan Rodgers again
'That’s a problem because he has to concentrate on the Olympics but we will have to deal with that if and when it comes to that.
'You can force players to stay but how does that help It doesn’t work like that. It’s better to find a solution that suits both parties.'
Laudrup also denied reports that Swansea have made an offer for Bolton midfielder Mark Davies.
'We have made no approach,' he said. 'He’s a good player, but it is just rumours.
'I can imagine why there are these rumours because you also have the rumour about Joe Allen and Liverpool.'