Report: West Ham plot £40m raid for Stoke duo Allen and Butland

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 Stoke on Trent, England.

West Ham United are reportedly keen on Stoke City duo Jack Butland and Joe Allen.

Jack Butland of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 30, 2017 in London, England.

According to the Mail on Sunday (p79), West Ham United are preparing to launch a £40million double raid for Stoke City duo Jack Butland and Joe Allen this summer.

The Hammers aren't quite safe from relegation yet after Sunday's 4-1 defeat at Arsenal, but with David Moyes' side six points clear of the bottom three, there is a reasonable expectation that Premier League football will be at the London Stadium next season.

That would surely hand Moyes a new contract, and the Scot would be in charge of transfers this summer, with two targets allegedly emerging ahead of the summer window.

The Mail on Sunday (p79) report that West Ham are interested in Stoke City duo Jack Butland and Joe Allen, and are prepared to launch a £40million bid for the pair this summer.

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 Stoke on Trent, England.

Stoke are edging towards relegation, and that would leave them vulnerable to losing star players such as Butland and Allen, who are certainly far too good to be playing in the Championship.

Butland, 25, is bound to attract interest this summer, and it's no surprise that West Ham would want him given question marks over both Joe Hart and Adrian, with the former Birmingham City man potentially handing West Ham a No. 1 for the next 10 years.

Meanwhile, 28-year-old midfielder Allen was targeted by West Ham in January, and would give Moyes a proven Premier League performer in an area where he is short of quality options.

Stoke may be force to sell the pair if they suffer relegation, and West Ham may hope that £40million is enough to land them both – though realistically, the Potters may demand even more than that.

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