Joe Allen has completed a £13 million move to Stoke City, according to Sky Sports.
A £13 million bid was accepted by Liverpool last week for Joe Allen from Stoke City. The Potters have been decisive in their movements to capture the Welshman’s signature. Stoke completed the purchase of the 27 year old Wales international last night.
Allen was Stoke’s second signing of the day with Egyptian teenager, Ramadan Sobhi signing from Al Ahly in a deal which could rise as high as €6 million.
Mark Hughes was crucial to convincing Joe Allen to make the switch to Stoke. The Stoke boss was reported to have held talks with Allen on Sunday which swayed the now ex-Liverpool player’s mind.
Swansea City were interested in re-signing Joe Allen but their £8 million bid was not enough to tempt Liverpool into selling.
Liverpool are now low on midfielders with Lucas Leiva out injured. The Brazilian picked up a hamstring injury which will see him miss the start of the Premier League season. Allen’s departure will see the fight for competitions in midfield diminish somewhat which is not good for the performance of players.
It should be a priority of Jürgen Klopp’s to buy a new defensive midfielder and a new left back with Brad Smith close to a £6 million switch to Bournemouth.