Liverpool’s Allen makes Stoke switch
STOKE City have signed Wales international midfielder Joe Allen from Liverpool on a five-year deal, the two Premier League clubs announced on July 25.
Stoke paid £13 million (US$17 million) to make Allen the club’s second signing of the pre-season after tying up a deal for Egyptian teenager Ramadan Sobhi earlier in the day.
Allen was named in UEFA’s team of the tournament as Wales reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, but the 26-year-old struggled for playing time under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield last season.
“It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours for me but I am delighted to have finally been able to put pen to paper,” Allen told Stoke’s official website.
“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, who will wear the number 4 shirt, flew out to Orlando along with Sobhi yesterday to join his new teammates.
Potters chief executive Tony Scholes added, “Joe is a player that [coach] Mark [Hughes[ has admired for a considerable amount of time.
“We have had to act swiftly to conclude the deal but we are delighted that we have managed to get it over the line.” –