West Ham United will be looking to bolster their squad this month and they should look no further than Joe Allen at Stoke City.
Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen may be plying his trade in the Championship but he isn’t a stranger when it comes to playing on the biggest stage.
The 28-year-old has 199 Premier League appearances to his name, with his most notable time coming with Liverpool in 2012 over a four-year period.
Stoke City confirmed on their official website on Tuesday that Gary Rowett had been sacked as manager, with the club languishing in the bottom half of the table.
Following his departure, and Stoke’s subsequent struggle since their relegation, West Ham should target one of their prize assets during the January transfer window.
Youngster Declan Rice, who plays as a number 6, is one of Manuel Pellegrini’s main men in the middle of the park, but the Chilean does require more legs in that area as the London club have to battle with a number of injuries.
Allen’s ability to recover the ball, be strong in a tackle and dictate play should persuade the Hammers to try and sign him this month.
The Welshman’s experience is invaluable and considering he is playing in the second tier of English football, he won’t be on high wages compared to Premier League players.
Not only that, it could be argued that he is better than the majority of players that West Ham have in that area, particularly from a defensive standpoint.
The Irons will be pushing for European football this season, if not the next and an addition like Allen’s would be a smart move for the London club.