Report: Liverpool's Joe Allen close to exit, Stoke City's £13m bid accepted

Liverpool's Joe Allen warms up before the match

Joe Allen is reportedly closing in on a move to Stoke City.

Liverpool's Joe Allen warms up before the matchLiverpool's Joe Allen warms up

According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool have accepted a £13m bid from Stoke City for midfielder Joe Allen, with the Welshman seemingly set to leave Anfield.

Allen, 26, joined Liverpool back in the summer of 2012, as he followed Brendan Rodgers in making the move from Swansea City to Anfield.

Wales' Joe Allen reacts

A talented passer and hard worker in midfield, Allen has sometimes struggled to nail down a first-team spot at Liverpool, and that's been clear under Rodgers' replacement Jurgen Klopp.

The Mirror note that Allen played just 754 minutes of action in the Premier League under Klopp last season, whereas during Wales' Euro 2016 campaign, Allen played 532 minutes, showing just how much he needs to leave Liverpool and play first-team football elsewhere.

Wales' Joe Allen in action with Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood

Now, the Liverpool Echo report that Liverpool have received a £13m bid from Premier League rivals Stoke City for Allen - and they've accepted the offer after talks between the two clubs reached an advanced stage earlier today.

Having played such a key role for Wales at Euro 2016, it's no great surprise to see Stoke's Welsh boss Mark Hughes make a major move for Allen, and a deal to take the midfielder to the Britannia Stadium appears to be edging ever closer.

Liverpool's Joe Allen in action with Sion's Xavier Kouassi

Having splashed the cash on Frenchman Giannelli Imbula in January, Stoke may plan to pair Allen and Imbula together in a partnership full of quality and athleticism respectively.

The deal isn't done just yet, but Liverpool are now ready to let Allen leave for £13m - and manager Klopp may need to bring in a replacement in midfield this summer.

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