New Southampton manager Mark Hughes is reportedly eyeing a summer move for Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen if the club secure their Premier League status and he stays on at St Mary’s this summer, and Saints fans have been quick to react to the rumour.
Hughes got off to a positive start in his first match in charge of the club on Sunday as his team beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup, and it appears as though he is already making plans for next season even though his current deal is due to run out at the end of the campaign.
The 54-year-old boss brought Allen to the Britannia Stadium from Liverpool when he was in charge of the Potters in 2016, and now it appears as though he believes the 40-cap Wales international can improve the south coast outfit, too.
Southampton supporters have been quick to have their say on the link via social media, and while one said he “could be Davis’ long-term replacement”, another said “what’s not to like…?”
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Sounds like lazy journalism. Welsh former Stoke manager tries to sign Welsh Stoke player. As much as Davis is winding down, I think we're perfectly well equipped at CM, particularly if Reed returns.
— Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett) March 19, 2018
Where would he fit in? He wouldn’t unless one leaves
— Saints Mary (@Saints_Forum) March 19, 2018
He's a good player but I think we need to concentrate on overhauling our attacking midfield unit – all of them are far too inconsistent for my liking. The central midfielders are pretty decent, by comparison.
— FMLogos⚽️ (@FMLogos_rocheyb) March 19, 2018
Decent player. Hard worker, good attitude. I'd welcome him. Gets goals. Experienced. Good brain. What's not to like…….?
— Philip Gilliam (@GlasgowSaint) March 19, 2018
He's the Welsh Xavi you know
— Shook1s (@Rideitnow) March 19, 2018
5 years ago then yes but not now
— Steve Johnson (@SteveJo14152200) March 20, 2018
No. We have enough quality midfielders as it is.
— rob✍? (@CoastDzn) March 19, 2018
He’s excellent, would be a great addition.
— Bazza ?? (@TheJudge72) March 19, 2018
Quality player. Would improve saints team.
— kevin willsher (@wilts34uk) March 19, 2018
Excellent player. Great attitude and could be Davis’ long term replacement. Thought he was the best player on the pitch at home to Stoke this year. Especially in the first half.
— Matthew Moss (@Matt_le_Moss) March 19, 2018