Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to return to former club Swansea City to sign Wales defender Ashley Williams as Daniel Agger is being targeted by Manchester City.

Rodgers, who would also like to sign Swansea’s GB Olympic star Joe Allen before the end of the transfer window, is bracing himself for Agger’s departure.

The Denmark defender has reached the final two years of his contract and has given no encouragement to the club to extend his deal. He did not play in the club’s Europa League tie in Belarus on Thursday night.

Manchester City have seen two offers for Agger rejected but a third bid of £20million is likely to tempt owner John W Henry to sell. Barcelona have also put Agger on a shortlist of defenders wanted at the Nou Camp but their priority is ArsenalÕs Alex Song.

Rodgers promised not to upset Swansea when he left them for Anfield at the end of last season, but that has not stopped his interest in a £10m deal for Allen, which he hopes to complete once the Olympic Games are over.

The former Chelsea coach is also a big fan of 28-year-old Williams, who has won 33 Wales caps and been a commanding presence in SwanseaÕs rise from the Championship to Premier League mid-table.

Liverpool are under no pressure to sell Agger but will not stand in his way if City make a third, big bid.

Rogers faces a tough decision whether to include £35m record signing Andy Carroll for the clubÕs Europa League game against Gomel at Anfield on Thursday. West Ham have agreed a £17m package to take Carroll on loan next season ahead of a permanent move but the England striker is waiting for hometown club Newcastle United to make a move.

Liverpool will have to wait until later this year for new head of scouting and replacement David Fallows to take over.

Fallows is currently on six months gardening leave from Manchester City. – Daily Mail