The Guardian claimed yesterday that West Ham boss David Moyes wants to follow Darren Randolph’s capture with the signing of Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen.

Hammers insider ExWHUemployee has poured cold water on those rumours, however, suggesting that the 29-year-old is not a priority signing for Moyes:

West Ham do need to bolster their central midfield options. That is not up for debate.

But Hammers fans want their club to spend big on someone young and exciting. Someone like Genk ace Sander Berge would be ideal.


The east London outfit have already missed out on Gedson Fernandes, and signing someone like Allen would seem to be a real backwards step.

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On the face of it, the 56-capped Wales international would be a decent signing. He is a good player after all.

But West Ham need more energy, athleticism and power in the middle of the park. Three things that Allen would not bring.

The Express claims that the Stoke ace would cost around £8 million. And in today’s market, that must be considered as decent value for money.

Allen certainly should not be a priority for West Ham, however.

And fortunately for Hammers fans, Ex claims that he is far from that.

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