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Allen going nowhere, says Stoke boss Hughes


Filed: Friday, 29th December 2017
By: Staff Writer


Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he has no intention of selling Joe Allen to West Ham during next month's transfer window.

The Potters boss spoke out after a report in today's tabloids claimed that West Ham were showing an interest in the Welsh international and wanted him to link up once again with former team mate Marko Arnautovic.

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"It is the first I have heard of that," said Hughes, when asked about the possibility of a deal being done, "but it wouldn't surprise me because he has been impressive this year.

"We can't afford to lose a player of Joe's quality - he is working exceptionally hard for us and we are really pleased with what he is producing for us at the moment."

And rather than weaken his existing squad further, Hughes insisted that he is seeking to expand his selection pool.

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"It's clear that we are too stretched and ideally we would like to rectify that," he added. "We all know that January isn't the ideal time to get deals done, but there are opportunities and we feel there are areas that we need to strengthen."

Allen, 27, was signed by Stoke from Liverpool in a £13million deal during the 2016 summer transfer window. The Welsh international began his career at Swansea, before making a £15million move to Anfield in 2012.





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