ExWHUemployee has claimed that Stoke City’s Joe Allen is a target for West Ham, but only an ‘alternative plan’.

The Hammers desperately need to bolster their central midfield ranks.

Mark Noble isn’t getting any younger, and David Moyes really needs to add more physicality, dynamism and energy to his engine room.

The Telegraph claimed earlier this week that talks between West Ham and Stoke for the £7 million-rated Allen are imminent.

But reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee suggested that the Wales international is just an alternative option:

 

Signing Allen would make little sense

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The 29-year-old is a decent footballer. He is a far cry from the box-to-box midfielder that West Ham so desperately need, however.

Allen is silky in possession and has the ability to dictate the tempo of the game. But the Hammers need more tenacity, energy and an all-round physical presence – three things that the Stoke man wouldn’t really offer them.

It is clearly obvious that the West Ham owners would like to see Moyes move for Allen. At £7 million, he would be relatively cheap in this day and age.

Hammers fans will be pleased to see Ex’s claim that he is not their first choice midfield target this month, however.

Allen is a good player, but one West Ham really don’t need.

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