Swansea City are keen to re-sign Joe Allen in the summer transfer window.
The Swans are expected to have another big turnaround in the close season and have already identified a number of targets. And WalesOnline understands they want to bring Allen back to South Wales.
The Wales international started his career with Swansea and made 150 appearances for the first team, helping the club to promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 2011. A year later he followed Brendan Rodgers in his move to Liverpool.
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After four seasons at Anfield, Allen joined Stoke in 2016, although his contract with the Potters expires this summer.
He featured for Michael O’Neill’s men in their clash with Coventry City on the final day of the Championship campaign. He is expected to speak with key figures in Stoke in the coming days.
However, it is understood that Allen has already had positive talks with the Swans and is eager to return to his boyhood club. Several clubs – including some foreigners – have shown interest in the 32-year-old – who is now a free agent.
Allen is set to be included in Rob Page’s Wales squad for all five of their June fixtures, one of which will see the Red Dragons host Scotland or Ukraine at the Cardiff City Stadium. Their last match next month will be against the Netherlands in Rotterdam on June 14, with Swansea’s pre-season starting the same week.
Flynn Downes is expected to spark transfer interest this summer, with Leeds United monitoring the young Englishman, although Swans are keen to keep the midfielder in their ranks. Swansea would allow Jay Fulton to leave while they also consider offers for Liam Walsh – who spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Hull City.
Korey Smith, Ben Hamer and Yan Dhanda will all leave Swansea this summer while Steven Benda and Ryan Bennett are also expected to leave.