Why Middlesbrough should make every effort to sign Liverpool's Joe Allen

Wales' Joe Allen and Wales' Gareth Bale celebrate at the end of the game

Middlesbrough are back among England's elite after achieving promotion to the Premier League.

Liverpool's Joe Allen and manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceLiverpool's Joe Allen was brought to the club by Brendan Rodgers in 2012

Newly promoted Middlesbrough will have to make several smart additions if they are to retain their status as a Premier League club next season.

The ideal signing for Boro would be Liverpool and Wales midfielder Joe Allen.

Liverpool's Joe Allen warms up before the matchJoe Allen would be an ideal signing for Middlesbrough

Allen has proved his quality while representing Wales at the European Championships this summer, appearing in all five of their games and dictating the play in the middle of the park.

The 26-year-old former Swansea City man has failed to establish himself at Anfield since his move to the club four years ago, and now The Daily Mail have reported that Reds boss Jürgen Klopp is ready to let Allen leave for £14 million.

With Boro's increased revenues due to their Premier League participation, a £14 million bid would easily be within their reach. 

Allen would slot perfectly into Aitor Karanka's midfield, and would give the North East club something that they do not currently possess.

Liverpool's Joe Allen in action with Newcastle's Jack Colback Allen has attributes that Boro currently lack in midfield

The Welshman has a fantastic range of passing and always makes himself available to his defence as an outlet for a pass when they are under pressure. He has a knack of keeping the game ticking with his quick, intelligent movement of the football. When Allen is at his best, he can dictate the pace of the game, and is able to get his side on the front foot with incisive passing through the lines for the strikers to feed on.

Signing players of Premier League experience and quality will be vital for Middlesbrough and Karanka should signal the clubs intent this summer with a move for Allen.

Should a move come to fruition, Boro would be getting good value on a Premier League and international footballer, whilst Liverpool would be receiving a decent price for someone they have deemed surplus to requirements. Importantly, for Allen, he would find himself as a regular starter - something that every footballer craves. The deal seems to make sense for all parties concerned.

Liverpool's Joe AllenLiverpool's Joe Allen has reportedly been made available for transfer 

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