Date: 8th May 2018 at 3:38pm
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West Ham are one of the clubs in the running for Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen this summer, according to a report.

The Sun has revealed that the Hammers, along with Newcastle United, Swansea and Wolves are also keen on the midfielder.

Allen is one of a number of players expected to leave the Brittania Stadium this summer after the club were relegated to the Championship.

The 28-year-old moved to the Potters in 2016 from Liverpool and has no clause in his contract which means the club will not accept a reduced fee for the player.

Football Insider verdict:

Allen has been one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise dismal campaign, and one that if the Hammers could get their hands on, would be well suited to the London Stadium. The 27-year-old is a flair player and one who can create a great deal of excitement. As inventive as he is mobile throughout the pitch, in Allen the Irons could finally have their hands on a player who can link the midfield and attack effectively. The former Liverpool player has created 31 goalscoring opportunities for his teammates this season and has an average pass success rate of 81% – considering his average pass is 16 metres, those are impressive statistics. The Hammers central- midfield partnership between Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang has hardly set the Premier League alight but with Allen in the mix, the lack of invention in the area will be boosted by the Stoke City man’s arrival.

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