Date: 8th May 2018 at 6:33pm
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West Ham have reportedly been linked with a move for Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen this summer after the Potters were relegated.

But with a club exodus on, that will likely see the departures of Jack Butland and Xherdan Shaqiri, the Swiss international is the man the Hammers should be going for instead.

The 26-year-old has been one of only a few players at the Brittania to have performed to a high standard and he is already said to be attracting Everton’s interest.

Joe Allen is the reported but his £20million asking price could prove to be a stumbling block for a board that is well-renowned to be tight with the purse-strings.

Therefore, rated at £12m, due to a reported clause in his contract and earning £65,00-a-week, the Swiss ace would prove to be a better acquisition going forward and financially too, than the former Liverpool midfielder.

Shaqiri has registered eight times and added a further six assists from his position on the right-wing – an amazing tally considering Stoke’s plight.

Except for Marko Arnautovic on the left of midfield, the Irons have struggled to get goals from the centre of the park, and with Michail Antonio out through injury, the purchase of the 26-year-old would be a real upgrade on their current option and resolve their goal scoring issues.

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