Earlier today, news broke that Liverpool and Wales midfielder Joe Allen had agreed personal terms and was undergoing a medical at Stoke City. That deal, with £11M guaranteed up front plus a further £2M in add-ons, has officially been completed. As of this evening, Allen is a Stoke City player.
There was some speculation that Swansea City might return for the player after having an earlier £8M bid rejected, but with no movement on that front the player decided to meet with Stoke manager Mark Hughes. Impressed by his vision for the club and with the promise of regular football on offer, Allen agreed to the move.
The 26-year-old, who arrived at Liverpool in 2012 for £15M and made 132 appearances in all competitions across four seasons at the club, will wear the number four for The Potters. He joins an exciting squad including technically skilled players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan Krkic, Marko Arnautovic, and Giannelli Imbula.
"It was relatively out the blue," Allen told Stoke’s website following his move. "I saw the offer was accepted, and things have moved quickly since. I’m glad its been done quickly and I cant wait to get out to Florida. As soon as I knew, it was easy to make the move. My ambition now is to be a regular here and help Stoke City."
With no promise of regular minutes and just a year left on his contract, both Liverpool and the player agreed it was time for him to move on from Anfield despite a number of strong performances under Jürgen Klopp last season and an impressive showing at Euro 2016, where he was named to the team of the tournament.