Three reasons Southampton must forget Joe Allen and sign Kurt Zouma instead

New Southampton manager Mark Hughes is reportedly lining up a summer move for Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen.

Even though the Welshman only signed a contract until the end of the season when he replaced Mauricio Pellegrino last week, it seems as though he is already putting plans in place for next term if the club stay in the Premier League and if his stay at St Mary’s is extended.

Both situations are certainly still up in the air despite the fact the 54-year-old led the club to the semi-finals of the FA Cup in his first match in charge, with the club slipping into the top flight relegation zone following Crystal Palace’s win against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

The south coast outfit now lie two points from safety and one above 19th-placed Stoke, for whom Allen has been a key performer since he signed for the Potters from Liverpool in 2016.

Hughes was the man that brought the Welshman to the Britannia Stadium, while he also sealed a season-long loan deal for Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma, rated at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, last summer.

The Frenchman has been able to play regularly for the Staffordshire-based club after his first-team appearances were limited at Stamford Bridge following a long spell on the sidelines because of injury, and he may well be available either on loan or permanently this summer.

Here are three reasons Southampton must forget Allen and sign the 23-year-old instead…