Uproar and chaos has followed West Ham around like a disease this season.
Manuel Pellegrini caused a huge degree of animosity and he was eventually sacked from his post as Hammers boss.
The Irons hierarchy made a particularly uninspiring appointment to replace him, bringing in David Moyes. He may have got off to a good start at the London Stadium, winning his opening two games, but his incoming was met with negativity as well.
West Ham are now set for an interesting January period. A move for Gedson Fernandes has been touted while they are also in the market for the likes of Gabriel Barbosa and Franck Kessie (Tuttosport, via Calciomercato).
But mediocrity seems to linger around the London Stadium and one particular January move could bring yet more negativity to a club who have so much potential.
The midfielder may have the pedigree of playing for Liverpool and Wales but a £7m price tag has been slapped on his head according to The Telegraph.
Now aged 29, this would hardly be a signing to get supporters back on their feet. A colossal £45m move for Sebastien Haller has hardly gone to plan with the Frenchman netting six times, but at least it showed ambition.
After bringing back Moyes for a second spell in the East end, this would be another alarming display of the lack of aspiration David Gold and David Sullivan have for the club.
To put things simply, Allen has been mediocre in the Championship this term and if that’s enough for a club like West Ham to make a move, there is something worrying in the waters at the London outfit.
Prior to Stoke’s clash with Millwall, the Welshman had contributed to just three goals this season, and although he’d broken up play well with 2.6 tackles per game, the Irons already have Declan Rice who is able to do that.
Before their encounter with Sheffield United, he’d made 3.2 tackles per outing and if anything, West Ham’s midfield is already too safe. They don’t need another player like Allen in their ranks.
But what is most concerning about this potential deal is the lack of ambition. The Hammers’ stadium move was meant to signal a fresh start. Instead, they’ve stagnated and gone backwards.
After their woeful start to the current campaign, sitting towards the bottom of the table, signing a player of this calibre would risk further negativity. They must look elsewhere.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers have lined up a £3.5m move for another Championship star…