Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen looks likely to exit Anfield this summer after a spectacular Euro 2016 campaign with Wales, and What Are The Odds has the lowdown on who’s best placed to land the anchor’s signature.
BetVictor are offering odds on six clubs from England and Scotland to recruit the 26-year-old, but it’s former outfit Swansea City who are currently miles ahead in the hunt for his services.
Manager Francesco Guidolin wasn’t at the Swans helm when Allen enjoyed his previous five-year spell at the Liberty Stadium, but the Italian clearly appreciates what he offered back then, with the Welsh club currently evens (2.00) to re-sign their former star.
Allen made 145 appearances for Swansea before Brendan Rodgers took him to Anfield in 2012, and it seems the Carmarthen native is a favourite to head back to his first Premier League club this summer. The Daily Mail recently reported Liverpool want £14 million for Allen, however, and Swansea are a way off that considering their opening offer was only worth £8 million.
Southampton are the best-positioned English club to take Allen off the Reds’ hands at 4/1 (5.00), and after losing Victor Wanyama to Tottenham Hotspur, the south-coast club are in need of central reinforcements.
Scottish Premiership champions Celtic could offer stiff competition as they come in priced equally to the Saints, but they may struggle to compete with the finances on offer among his Premier League suitors.
Allen hasn’t fit in as a prominent part of Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield plans, but he could leave a parting blow at Liverpool by moving to bitter rivals Everton, who are 6/1 (7.00) to land the Red, while Manchester United are only just behind at 8/1 (9.00).
Either switch would undoubtedly ruffle the feathers of the Kop, and it’s questionable as to whether Allen would wish to anger his current faithful by moving to Goodison Park or Old Trafford by moving to either of those clubs.
West Ham United and Stoke City are both dark horses to win the race for Allen, each listed at 12/1 (13.00), and given the increase at spending for both teams in the past year, neither destination can be ruled out.