Stoke boss Nathan Jones gives strong response to reports West Ham want Joe Allen

A dejected Nathan Jones the manager

Stoke City’s Joe Allen has been linked with West Ham United.

Nathan Jones manager of Stoke City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Preston North End at Bet365 Stadium on January 26, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Stoke City boss Nathan Jones says he desperately wants Joe Allen to remain at the Bet365 Stadium amid reported interest from Premier League duo West Ham United and Watford, the Stoke Sentinel reports.

“We want him here, 100 per cent. He’s a wonderful player, a wonderful character, a wonderful athlete and he’s someone we want to keep and I will do everything I possibly can to keep him,” Jones explained.

“I believe he’s enjoying his football. He gets a lot of responsibility. We play the way that suits Joe and I think he’s settled. We’ll be having those conversations because no-one wants to lose their best players and Joe is definitely in that category.”

 

According to a recent report in the Telegraph, both West Ham United and Watford are tracking his services ahead of the summer as they look to take advantage of Stoke’s poor campaign in the Championship.

Following their relegation from the Premier League last season, Stoke were one of the favourites for promotion this term but they struggled under former boss Gary Rowett, prompting his sacking mid-season.

Allen joined Stoke from Liverpool in 2016 and only signed a new four-year deal last summer. The Welsh midfielder would have expected a promotion push, and Stoke’s failure now throws question marks over his future.

Joe Allen of Stoke City during the game between Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers at Bet365 Stadium on October 2, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

West Ham have been interested in Allen before. Co-owner David Sullivan told the Daily Mail in February 2018 how the Hammers saw a previous £25 million bid for the 29-year-old turned down.

Allen isn’t worth that figure now, but he still has qualities and West Ham may feel with his experience he could add something to their squad as they look to close the gap on the Premier League’s top six.

Allen has played all 44 games for the Potters this season, scoring six goals and grabbing four assists. Alongside Jack Butland, he is by far Stoke’s most prized asset and capable of playing at a higher level.

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.

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