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Stoke make statement with Allen signing

By July 26, 2016No Comments

Stoke have signed Wales midfielder Joe Allen from Liverpool.

The 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year contract after the clubs agreed a fee of £13million.

He has struggled for playing time under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, having been restricted to mainly Europa League appearances last season.

But he was one of the stars of the Wales squad which reached the semi-finals at Euro 2016 earlier this summer.

Stoke’s bid met Liverpool’s valuation of a player with less than 12 months remaining on his contract and means they recouped most of the £15million they paid Swansea four years ago.

Allen told the club’s official website: “It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours for me, but I am delighted to have finally been able to put pen to paper.

“I was really excited as soon as I heard of the club’s interest and it wasn’t a difficult decision for me to make. I am incredibly excited about my future here at Stoke City.”

Allen will fly out to link up with his new team-mates in Orlando on Tuesday after becoming manager Mark Hughes’ second summer signing, a few hours after Egypt winger Ramadan Sobhi arrived from Al Ahly.

Allen joins winger Sobhi at the Britannia Stadium after Stoke agreed a fee which could rise to six million euros (£5million) for the 19-year-old, who has been capped six times by his country.

Stoke have also tabled a £17million bid, rising to £20million with add-ons, for West Brom’s Saido Berahino.

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