Stoke City manager Mark Hughes will meet Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen on Sunday as he looks to tie up a move for the Welshman.
The Sunday Telegraph understands that the transfer could be finalised in the next 48 hours, allowing Allen to meet up with his new team-mates in the USA on Tuesday.
Allen is thought to be an admirer of Hughes and would be keen to link up with the former Wales player and manager at the Britannia Stadium.
Although Stoke remain frontrunners for the 26-year-old’s signature, Allen’s former club Swansea admitted they were one a number of clubs in the running to sign the player.
Liverpool had been keen to stick with their £14million valuation after rejecting an opening offer from the Potters last week, however it was reported on Wednesday the Reds have now reached a compromise with their fellow Premier League club.
It’s reported that as part of the deal, Stoke will have to pay a further installment if they secure another top-10 Premier League finish next season.
Allen was a key player for Wales at Euro 2016 and some Liverpool fans will be sorry to see the midfielder leave Anfield, but with only a year left on his contract the transfer is likely to represent good value for money.