According to a report from Football Insider, West Ham are set to bid for Stoke City’s Joe Allen within the next 48 hours.

The Hammers clearly need to improve in central midfield.

Sky Sports reported earlier this week that a box-to-box midfielder is one of two priority signings that David Moyes wants to make this month.

Now, Allen is certainly not that type of player. The 29-year-old is more of a play-maker. He can operate in a deep-lying role or even as a number 10.

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Joe Allen (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The 53-capped Wales international is a decent player, but he would hardly be an inspiring signing for West Ham.

 

The Hammers desperately need to add more pace, power and physicality to their engine room.

Someone like Abdoulaye Doucoure would be a far better option, albeit a far more expensive one.

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Joe Allen (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Football Insider claims that Allen would cost around £15 million, whilst the Mirror suggests that the Watford midfielder is valued at around £40 million.

The West Ham owners will most likely go for the cheap option, as they have have done previously.

Allen wouldn’t be a bad signing for the Hammers. But he wouldn’t be an exciting one either.

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