Premier League side Burnley are looking into a potential January transfer deal for Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen, according to The Mirror Transfer News live blog, 22/01/2020, 09:28 am)
Allen has emerged as a target for a couple of Premier League clubs with West Ham showing continued interest.
Hammers boss David Moyes is looking to rebuild his side at the London stadium after taking over from Manuel Pellegrini over the festive period.
Whilst West Ham’s interest has somewhat gone silent in recent days, it has now emerged that Premier League rivals Burnley have shown interest.
Allen, 29, made his 26th appearances of the campaign in Stoke’s win and has been an important part in Michael O’Neill’s improving side.
Stoke are keen to keep hold of the former Liverpool midfielder having seen his form dramatically improve over the last month, but with less than ten days remaining in the transfer window – officials at the club will be on tenter hooks over his future.
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Stoke simply can’t lose Joe Allen this month.
The Welsh international has been key to their recent results, and with Peter Etebo and Badou Ndiaye leaving, it would leave O’Neill with a problem in the centre of the park.
Allen should arguably be playing at a higher standard, given Stoke’s lowly league position, but he could play a vital part in their potential and hopeful movement up the table.
Credit has to be given to Allen for remaining with the Potters after being relegated two seasons ago, and it will be interesting to see if he can resist the temptation of returning to England’s top flight.