Swansea hold contract talks with Joe Allen

Joe Allen
Joe Allen made his Swansea debut as a 17-year-old in 2007

Swansea City are to hold talks with midfielder Joe Allen in the hope of securing him on a long-term contract.

Allen, 21, started his career as a Swans trainee and helped them win promotion to the Premier League.

He has a year left on his contract and chairman Huw Jenkins said: "We are hoping to start talks with Joe next week.

"Our aim is to make sure we get our young talent on long term contracts as soon as we can."

Pembrokeshire product Allen took his Swans bow under Roberto Martinez in a 6-3 defeat by Blackpool as a 17-year-old in 2007.

He has since been capped by Wales and made 43 Championship appearances last season, ending with the play-off final win over Reading at Wembley that took City into the top flight.

Defender Angel Rangel and midfielder Andrea Orlandi have already committed their futures to the Liberty Stadium side.

But they are in the market for a goalkeeper, with David Stockdale already a potential target in the wake of Dorus de Vries' departure for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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