The Hammers already took Marko Arnautovic from the Bet365 Stadium and David Moyes is keen to add the experienced 27-year-old Wales international to his midfield as the Londoners strive to move clear of the relegation zone.
West Ham face a tough fight to prise the ‘Welsh Pirlo’ from Stoke. Mark Hughes, the Potters manager, is adamant that Allen will not be sold. From his perspective, the slide into the bottom three makes selling the influential midfielder inconceivable.
Hughes problem is that he has received a dreaded vote of confidence from the club’s owners; will he be in a position to stop a sale if Allen pushes to leave?
Moyes is interested in Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi, 29, although the former France international is in talks to remain at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán with the sacking of Eduardo Berizzo.
The Scot is also looking at Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey, 25, and admitted in his press conference after 2 – 1 win over West Bromwich Albion that he wanted to bring in “1 or 2 reinforcements” for the midfield as the Hammers look to climb the Premier League table.