Stoke believe they will lure Liverpool star away despite rival interest

Stoke are confident that they will be able to lure Joe Allen away from Liverpool and keep rival interest at bay with the offer of first-team football after agreeing a £13m fee for the midfielder, according to reports from ESPN.

The 26-year-old playmaker’s stock is at all all-time high following a stunning EURO 2016 campaign with Wales, in which his metronomic passing helped the Dragons to a shock semi-final berth.

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Despite this, his Liverpool future has been up in the air in recent weeks, with Allen’s contract due to expire at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

Stoke have over the course of the last 24 hours had an offer of £13m accepted by the Merseyside club, and reports claim that they are confident that Mark Hughes will be able to persuade him to move to the Britannia Stadium.

‘Sparkie’ is believed to be willing to offer Allen regular first-team action, something he has struggled for at Liverpool since his 2012 move from Swansea.

Coincidentally, the Swans are also interested, while Manchester United have been linked with a shock move for the pass-master.

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