West Ham have seen an initial approach for Stoke City enforcer Joe Allen turned down as they ready a £15million swoop, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that the Hammers are keen to add the proven Premier League talent to their ranks in January, but have reportedly been rebuffed in their first enquiry with the Potters reluctant to see the 27-year-old depart.
It is said that Stoke have told the east London that the 40-cap Wales international is not for sale at any price, but the Hammers may well proceed with a £15million transfer attempt, with midfield reinforcements one of David Moyes’ priorities during the current window.
Allen has missed just two of Stoke’s Premier League games this season, and has 183 top flight appearances under his belt during his time at Stoke, Liverpool and Swansea.
Football Insider verdict
It would appear that West Ham are ready to test Stoke’s resilience in the transfer market and offer to splash the cash for Allen. The Potters will no doubt be reluctant to be seen as strengthening a relegation rival and the midfield enforcer has been a key part of their squad this season. However, money talks, and if Stoke can convince West Ham to part with more than the selling club think Allen is worth, then it could well go ahead. There are still over three weeks left of the winter window, and negotiations could stretch until deadline day. One to keep an eye on, especially if the Hammers are as keen as the report says they are.
In other West Ham transfer news, an insider has revealed the club are set to make an official bid for a proven Premier League enforcer.