Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen is keen to remain at the bet365 Stadium beyond the end of the season even if he needs to take a pay cut to secure his future there, according to an update from Stoke-on-Trent Live.
The 32-year-old’s future looked to be uncertain with his existing terms at the club expiring in the summer – and there were even whispers that he wanted to be closer to home nation Wales where he enjoyed a successful stint at Swansea City.
However, it was revealed by The Telegraph’s John Percy yesterday that the Potters were set to offer the midfielder fresh terms to stay put in Staffordshire, a potential boost for the Potters as they look to prepare for a promotion push next term.
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Making 39 league appearances so far this term, Allen has been an integral asset for the second-tier side once again, though it was previously unclear whether he wanted to put pen to paper on a contract extension.
Despite previous reports though, Stoke-on-Trent Live now believe the 32-year-old wants to remain at his current side in their quest to return to the Premier League, even if he is forced to agree reduced terms.
That could be a real boost for the Potters who look as though they will be limited in what they can spend again this term, so the midfielder may be required to take this cut unless he is prepared to move somewhere else.
The Welshman is a key leader both on and off the pitch at the bet365 Stadium, so getting him tied down to a new deal wouldn’t be the worst move if they can get him to agree to reduced terms.
This is something he is seemingly willing to accept, so that should enable the club to get the 32-year-old signed up without it affecting their transfer plans and spending power too greatly.
The fact Romaine Sawyers could return to parent club West Bromwich Albion at the end of the season also has to be considered – because under a new manager and with a new system that accommodates more central midfielders – Steve Bruce may want to give him another chance at The Hawthorns.
Mario Vrancic and Nick Powell’s futures are also uncertain, so having that stability in the middle of the park with Allen remaining at the club could be vital in holding things together.
And in terms of those who look set to remain at the club, Lewis Baker and the Welshman complement each other with the former making up for the latter’s lack of goalscoring contributions. Those two could be a key duo for Michael O’Neill again next term.