West Ham United are one of the many clubs interested in Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen. The former Liverpool man is said to be drawing interest from Spanish side Sevilla, Championship winners Wolves, Swansea City and Newcastle United in the Premier League.
The player is said to be priced at £20 million after Stoke City were relegated from the Premier League. Allen cost Stoke £13m back in 2016 and has been a key player in their midfield for two years. The player signed a five year deal with the club but it does not have a relegation clause and hence he is likely to go for a cut-price fee.
Of the many clubs interested in him, Wolves certainly have a good chance of landing him. The newly promoted side does not have a major budget constraint and could look to build a midfield axis of Allen-Neves. As for Newcastle United, the Magpies would want him but his asking fee might prove to be too much for them. Swansea City are still unsure of their safety in their relegation battle and hence might miss out on him.
This leaves West Ham United as the other plausible option for Allen. The Hammers endured a terrible start to the season under Slaven Bilic. Prepped to at least finish in the top half, West Ham United were stuck in the relegation battle for long parts of the season.
This saw them get sack Bilic and former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes was appointed instead. The Scot was given the task of lifting a team who were down on morale and he did a decent job of it.
West Ham have managed to escape the relegation scrap although they are not going to finish in the top half of the table. Moyes’ men have done well still considering the start they had. His team is heavy in attack with star players like Javier Hernandez, Antonio Valencia and Manuel Lanzini all playing for West Ham.
However, in midfield, the Hammers have not been able to control the tempo of the game as they have lacked a composed number 8 with good technical skills on the ball. This is where Allen would fit in perfectly as he has the game to rotate possession, spread the game and make the odd run into the box. Definitely, a good signing for Moyes, if West Ham United can pull it off.