Allen signs new Swans deal

July 19, 2011

The Premier League newcomers had been keen to agree a new long-term deal with the Wales international, who was entering the final year of his existing contract. While Rodgers did not reveal the length of the new deal, he told BBC Five Live: "Joe is fantastic. He is a player who at a lot of clubs would not be deemed big enough or strong enough. "I was aware of his talent (before joining Swansea last summer), but, while he is not at the same level, he is that Xavi or Iniesta type of player. "He is 5ft 7in, not physically tall or great in stature but he is brilliant on the ball, has great intelligence and good mobility. "For me it was vital for the likes of him and Neil Taylor to re-sign, they feel I am a manager that can work with young players and these boys are big signings for us. "Joe is a wonderful talent and I am delighted he has signed." While delighted to have seen Taylor and Allen commit their futures to the Liberty Stadium outfit, Rodgers would not be drawn on whether the Swans have made a move for Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp. Swansea saw Dorus de Vries depart for Wolves last month but have since brought in Jose Moreira from Benfica, and Rodgers is keen to add another keeper to his squad. But he would not say whether Northern Ireland international Camp, reportedly the subject if a £1million bid, was on his wish list. "There are a number of keepers we are looking at," said Rodgers. "Because of how we play, any keeper we sign needs to be comfortable with the ball at his feet as well as making saves. "We have a number of targets we are looking at but I want us to stay patient and get the players we want." The signing of Moreira was Swansea's third of the transfer window to date, with the arrival of the Portugal international coming in the wake of the season-long loan signing of Steven Caulker from Tottenham and the club-record £3.5million deal to bring in Danny Graham from Watford. Rodgers has no doubt the former Middlesbrough striker will make a big impact in south Wales. He said: "Danny is a terrific talent. I signed Danny at Watford, which was a brilliant club for me. "He is a great mover, he is technically good and can finish on both sides. "He looked capable when he first broke onto the scene at Boro. He made his debut away at Manchester United, but it did not quite happen for him. "But he has gone away and scored goals at the lower levels and done it the hard way, and he is now ready to make a mark. "He reminds me of Kevin Doyle in that he is a player who is hungry to score goals, to link well and work his socks off and I think he'll do great for us." Swansea are also hoping to confirm new deals for midfielder Nathan Dyer and Thomas Butler in the near future.