According to multiple reports this afternoon, Stoke City have made a bid of around £14M for Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen and the bid has been accepted, paving the way for the Euro cult hero’s departure from Anfield within the week.
According to both The Telegraph and The Mirror’s David Maddock, the clubs have been hard at work behind the scenes in recent days and the only question now is whether Allen will accept the move. With the recent influx of television money, a raise for the player will likely be on the table.
Despite their reputation for agricultural football earned under Tony Pulis, under Mark Hughes Stoke have moved towards a more pleasing style of football, and a forward line of Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautovic, and Bojan Krkic wouldn’t look out of place at a Europa League side.
The arrival of Allen would further signal Stoke’s move towards European challengers and away from the pugilistic side of recent seasons that was content to grind out mid-table results season after season. Last year, Stoke finished ninth, one place in the table but nine points back of Liverpool.
Allen, who impressed at the Euros this summer with Wales, would be Stoke’s first signing of the summer. A deal being agreed with Stoke further likely serves as confirmation that Liverpool are confident in completing a deal for Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum.