West Ham United are said to be keen to sign Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen, with David Moyes wanting him.
Stoke pulled off an upset as they beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 yesterday, with West Ham scouts reportedly in attendance.
Allen has been identified as a potential target by West Ham boss David Moyes, who is eager to strengthen his side’s midfield.
And the Hammers scouts may just have been impressed by Allen’s performance for Stoke yesterday.
The Welsh international put in one of his best performances of the season for the Potters, as Michael O’Neill’s side picked up an unexpected victory against their Midlands rivals.
Whether West Ham will now push ahead in their bid to sign Allen remains to be seen, with Stoke apparently valuing their player at £7 million (Telegraph).
The 29-year-old is not a unanimously popular target among West Ham fans, who feel that by targeting him they are showing a lack of ambition.
Allen has not exactly set the world alight since moving to Stoke, even in the Championship, but he would at least add another option for Moyes in central midfield, if he was to make the move to the London Stadium.