Liver­pool’s Allen makes Stoke switch

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

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.” –

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