Deal close: Liverpool accept £13m bid for 26-year-old - report
By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool have accepted a £13million offer from Stoke for midfielder Joe Allen, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their website that the Reds have agreed the fee with their Premier League rivals for the 26-year-old.
Allen has just one year left on his current contract at Anfield and it is thought that Liverpool believe the offer is too much to turn down for a player who is not a regular first-teamer.
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.
Allen enjoyed a fine European Championship campaign with Wales and he won many admirers during the tournament, but that still hasn’t been enough to convince Klopp he is worth a regular starting berth in his team.
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The 31-time capped Wales international joined the Reds in a deal worth £15million in the summer of 2012 from Swansea.
The midfielder starred in 37 encounters for the Anfield-based club last season in all competitions, which included 11 appearances in the Reds successful Europa League campaign.
The Merseyside club have been linked with a number of midfielders this summer, which include Mahmoud Dahoud, Piotr Zielinski and Axel Witsel, while Lucas Leiva has also been linked with a departure from the club.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Lazar Markovic is the subject of an approach from Bundesliga outfit Schalke.