By Harvey Byrne
Joe Allen is set to hold talks with Stoke manager Mark Hughes on Sunday as he closes in on a £13million move from Liverpool, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that Allen will meet Hughes and Stoke officials, and could complete his move in the next 48 hours to join up with his new team-mates in Florida on Tuesday.
Former club Swansea are also interested in the 26-year-old, but Stoke are still believed to be the front-runners as Allen is keen to work under the former Wales international and manager.
A fee of £13million is understood to have been agreed between the two clubs, and the Reds have also inserted a clause into the deal which means that the Potters will have to pay a further instalment if they secure another top-10 finish in England’s top-flight.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is said to be a fan of the Welshman, but he can’t guarantee him regular game time and has therefore sanctioned the 26-year-old’s exit.
The midfielder starred in 37 encounters for the Anfield-based club last season in all competitions, which included 11 appearances in the club’s successful Europa League campaign.
The Wales international also played a leading role for his country in this summer’s European Championships, as he helped his national team reach the semi-final stages of the tournament.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Bournemouth have had a bid for defender Brad Smith accepted by the Reds.