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He was a star at Euro 2016 but Liverpool are set to sell 'the Welsh Xavi'

And it could mean trouble for a certain Republic of Ireland international too.

Image: PA WIRE

STOKE CITY HAVE made a £13m bid for Joe Allen and it looks increasingly likely that the central midfielder will leave Anfield.

Named in Uefa’s Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament after Wales made it to the semi-finals, the 26-year-old has since found himself at the centre of transfer rumours.

It was thought that Allen’s former club Swansea – who Liverpool signed him from four years ago – were the front-runners for his signature and they submitted a bid of £8m last month.

But that was turned down by the top brass on Merseyside.

Now, making the most of the stand-off, Stoke have entered the race, usurped the Welsh side and agreed a fee with Liverpool.

Wales v Northern Ireland - UEFA Euro 2016 - Round of 16 - Parc des Princes Source: PA ARCHIVE IMAGES

Swansea may re-enter the race but Allen, right now, seems set for a move to the Brittania.

It remains unclear what effect that will have on Glenn Whelan.

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The Republic of Ireland international signed a one-year extension to his contract last month but the arrival of another deep-lying midfielder throws some doubt on how much playing time he’ll get next season.

During Jurgen Klopp’s first season in charge, Allen failed to cement a regular starting role and isn’t prepared to stick around for more of the same.

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