Stoke close on Allen

Liverpool are reported to have accepted a £13million bid from Stoke City for Wales interntional Joe Allen.

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The midfielder, currently on leave after his exploits in getting Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, is in the final year of his contract and has been heavily linked with a move away.

Allen is looking for more playing time, having been restricted to mainly Europa League appearances last season.

Stoke’s bid is roughly in line with Liverpool’s valuation of a player with less than 12 months remaining on his contract – and would recoup most of the £15million they paid Swansea four years ago – so the decision is now likely to rest with the player himself, who is not due back to pre-season training until July 26.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he is an admirer of Allen but he refused to be drawn on the future of the midfielder.

“There is nothing about this and all the transfer rumours,” said Klopp after a 2-0 friendly win over Huddersfield. “We cannot comment because we couldn’t do anything else all day so we shouldn’t start with this.

“I feel good (about Joe). I like the guy and I really think he is a wonderful football player.”

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