Report: West Ham consider move for Stoke's Joe Allen

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2017 in Bournemouth,...

West Ham United are reportedly interested in bringing Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen to the London Stadium in January.

Michail Antonio of West Ham United is challenged by Joe Allen of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Stoke City and West Ham United at Bet365 Stadium on December 16, 2017 in...Joe Allen

West Ham are eyeing up a move for Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen ahead of the January transfer window, according to a report from the Daily Mirror.

David Moyes' men have shown some much more encouraging signs in recent weeks, beating Chelsea and the Potters and securing draws against Arsenal and Bournemouth, but they still find themselves in a very precarious position in the Premier League.

Joe Allen of Stoke City and Scott Arfield of Burnley in action during the Premier League match between Burnley and Stoke City at Turf Moor on December 12, 2017 in Burnley, England.

The Mirror reports that Moyes wants to sign two defenders in January, while he is also keen to bring in a versatile midfielder - and the player who is right near the top of his list of targets is Stoke midfielder Allen.

While Mark Hughes' men have been underwhelming for much of the campaign - though, four points from their last two games has seen them move away from the bottom three - the Welshman has been one of the better performers in the squad, scoring once and providing four assists.

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2017 in Bournemouth,...

The 27-year-old - who joined Stoke for £13 million in 2016 (via BBC Sport) - demonstrated his goalscoring ability last season, scoring six times in the top flight, and that would be a hugely welcome return if the Hammers did add him to their squad in January.

He may not be the marquee addition that Irons fans feel that they may well need if they are to keep themselves away from trouble, but given the consistency that he has shown during his time in the Premier League with Swansea, Liverpool and Stoke, bringing him to the club may be an extremely shrewd move from Moyes. 

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