By Richard Parks
Wolves are to table a £20million bid for Stoke City central midfielder Joe Allen, according to a report.
The Sun on Sunday claim the Championship giants will make a formal offer for the Wales international as they look to secure top-notch signings for their Premier League return next season.
It is said that Allen is on a “huge contract” at Stoke after joining from Liverpool in the summer of 2016 for a fee of around £15.5million.
The Sun report that the 28-year-old is open to making the short move down the M6 to Molineux, where the club have ambitious plans for their top-flight return.
Wolves are keen to recruit a number of marquee signings under Chinese owners Fosun following a superb campaign in which they have already comfortably secured the Championship title.
Football Insider verdict:
It would be a real statement of intent where Wolves to snap up Allen this summer. The 28-year-old is a class act who is proven in the Premier League and can immediately hit the ground running for the new boys. Allen has been a shining light in his two seasons at Stoke, where his excellent distribution, energy and goalscoring have made him one of the outstanding players in a pretty mediocre side. The good news for Wolves is that Stoke will surely be open to a deal if, as expected they go down. Allen is a big earner and they are likely to want him off the payroll as they prepare to swap divisions with the Midlands giants.