West Ham should target Stoke City's Joe Allen after Gary Rowett's sacking

Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of West Ham United reacts during the FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Birmingham City at The London Stadium on January 5, 2019 in London,...

West Ham United will be looking to bolster their squad this month and they should look no further than Joe Allen at Stoke City.

Joe Allen of Stoke City and Marc Wilson of Bolton Wanderers in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City at Macron Stadium on December 29, 2018...

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.

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United and Joe Allen of Stoke City battle for possession during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Stoke City at London Stadium on April 16,...

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. 

Joe Allen of Stoke City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Bristol City at Bet365 Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England.

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