By Paddy Kenny

17th Jun, 2021 | 4:00pm

Paddy Kenny hails 'excellent' news after reported Sheffield United offer for Allen

Joe Allen is “completely different” to the midfield options Sheffield United currently have on the books – he would make an “excellent” signing. 

That is according to ex-Blades goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Star reported on 14th June that Stoke City have offered United the chance to sign the 31-year-old.

Allen is entering the final year of his contract and is understood to be one of the Potters’ highest earners.

The Staffordshire outfit are reportedly keen on offloading him as they look to restructure their finances.

The Blades may be in the market for a new midfielder with John Lundstram set to quit the club when his contract expires at the end of the month.

Kenny insists that the “experienced” Allen would be a fine addition to Slavisa Jokanovic’s midfield at Bramall Lane.

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“He’s a very experienced player,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“He’s got a lot of caps for Wales and is still playing a big part for them. After playing at Swansea, Liverpool and Stoke, he knows the game really well and he’s an excellent player.

“If someone like him becomes available, I don’t see why they wouldn’t want to look at it and add him to the squad.

“He might be the sort of player they need, something completely different to what they’ve got at the moment.”

Allen is currently away on international duty with Wales at the Euros.

He started the matches against Switzerland and Turkey as Robert Page’s side all but guaranteed passage to the knockout rounds.

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