Loads of Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media after reports by Wales Online suggested the Toon are one of several sides interest in signing Stoke City’s Joe Allen.
Speculation surrounding the midfielder’s future at the bet365 Stadium is expected to intensify as we get closer to the winter market, as Allen’s desire to secure a Premier League return ahead of next summer’s European Championship is said to be one of Welsh football’s worst kept secrets.
Several top-flight sides have been credited with holding an interest in the 29-year-old, with Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham United, Burnley and the Toon all mentioned in recent reports.
Stoke slapped that asking price on Allen earlier this year to ward off the chances of him leaving the Potters, at a time they promised to produce a meaningful promotion challenge that has not yet emerged.
Allen is also one of the Championship side’s highest-earners on a deal worth £50,000-per-week, and freeing those kind of wages from the Potters’ expenditure as their Premier League parachute payments reduce is seen as something that must occur sooner rather than later.
Would you sign Joe Allen in January?
Yes, he'll offer something different
Yes, but he's not worth £18million
No, he isn't good enough for us
January departures are likely going to be one of the bet365 Stadium side’s top priorities next month, as Financial Fair Play punishments are a possibility after posting losses of £30m shortly before their fall into the second-tier.
Allen has featured in 20 of Stoke’s 22 Championship fixtures this season, starting 19, as the Potters sit inside the relegation places. In those, the 56-cap Wales international has averaged 3.1 tackles, 1.9 interceptions, 0.6 dribbles, 1.1 shots and 0.7 key passes, per WhoScored data.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to the Toon being linked with Allen…
Probably top of Brucies list🤣🤣🤣🤣
The bloke thinks Gayle is a Premier League striker.
— Rafa Facts (@FactsRafa) December 18, 2019
Surprise that he’s still a footballer, aye.
— Howay man Chris (@Howay_Man_Chris) December 18, 2019
I was hoping more of an mbappe but ok
— Lee Charnley (@LeeCharnley8) December 18, 2019
Stoke havnt stopped laughing at nufc over jossapoo
— Allan Miller (@TcTaxi) December 18, 2019
Not a surprise now is it🥴
— Delboy E ⬛⬜⬛⬜ (@dedwards1892) December 18, 2019
Woah! The ambition has blinded me!!!!!
— Roy Brown Jnr. (@RoyBrownJnr1) December 18, 2019
Scraping the barrel who would have thought it?!
— TMW (@TilehurstsOwn) December 18, 2019
Woulda loved this headline in 2009
— PM Dixon (@Dixongenuous) December 18, 2019
Is this before or after the buyout?
— Mark Howie (@skimpybean) December 18, 2019
Surely we can aim higher than a 30something lower half championship player
— 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 DavidL1980 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@L1980David) December 18, 2019
In other Newcastle United news, a 22-cap international would be open to securing a permanent transfer to St. James’ Park in January.