Stoke City have today announced the signing of Welsh midfielder, Joe Allen for a reported fee of £13 million from Liverpool.
Allen has put pen to paper with Stoke in a reported five year deal.
There was a lot of increased speculation throughout last week that Stoke had fierce competition from Swansea City (Allen’s former club) and it was widely reported that should they decide to bid for him (as their own chairman, Huw Jenkins admitted they did) that Allen would opt for South Wales over Staffordshire.
However, this turned out not to be the case as it broke on Sunday that Allen had positive talks with Hughes, and had agreed personal terms. He was also present at Clayton Wood on Monday afternoon to undergo his medical.
It had also been reported by The Telegraph, that Stoke initially were interested in Ki Sung-yueng from Swansea, but saw their £7 million bid declined.
Joe Allen will provide Hughes with a vast amount of running this season in central midfield as it was discovered that Allen had covered the most ground under Jurgen Klopp’s favoured ‘Gengen pressing system’ which is part of the reason it comes as a bit of surprise that Klopp was so keen for him to leave.
Another reason is the recent Euro 2016 tournament. Allen was picked in the ‘UEFA Team of the Tournament’ alongside such names as Cristiano Ronaldo, and Toni Kroos.
Allen has made 125 appearances in the Premier League, and at only 26 years old, there is no doubt Stoke have made a very shrewd signing here.