Former England defender Danny Mills has admitted that he thinks that Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen would be a good signing for West Ham United.
The Welsh international is thought to be one of new manager David Moyes’ top targets in the current transfer window, with the Express reporting that the Scot would be willing to pay up to £8 million to secure his services.
Mills believes that Allen is just the type of player that the Hammers should be aiming to sign this month. He says that he would improve their team and would be a solid short term solution for the east London outfit as they look to avoid relegation to the Championship.
When discussing what West Ham need in this transfer window, Mills told Football Insider: “I think they need a little bit of solidity in that midfield area, they need some consistency and they need players that are used to playing in the Premier League.
“It’s not a long-term signing in any way, shape or form but in January it’s: ‘Who is available and who can improve our team immediately?’ Does Joe Allen go into that team and do that? He probably does, in all honesty.
“January, you’re looking at short term fixes, you’re not buying for the long-term. This is for the now. Who’s available, who can I get in now, at the right price that’s going to improve our team? I think Joe Allen does that.”
Mills is probably right here, as a short-term option Allen could well be a smart signing from West Ham.
Indeed, after Declan Rice and Mark Noble their only other two central midfielders at the moment are Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere. Between them, they have played just 288 minutes of Premier League football this term (Transfermarkt) due to either injuries or simply not being fancied.
Allen would surely be a more reliable back-up than either of those two. For a start he is fit and has played 24 times in the Championship for Stoke this term, including 23 starts (Transfermarkt). Added to that, he is also an extremely experienced Premier League operator having made 199 top flight appearances for Stoke, Liverpool and Swansea City (Transfermarkt).
With West Ham currently fighting relegation, they need solid and experienced Premier League players to get them out of the mire. The Welshman certainly fits the bill and looks a perfect short-term solution in midfield.
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