We have heard a lot over the last summer, and now this winter, that Manchester United are desperate for a new creative midfielder. It's been a position that they have struggled with in David Moyes' difficult first term as manager.
They don't need to look abroad for talent though, why not have a pop at the Premier League market, as there is a player perfect them, albeit at their fiercest rivals.
It could be fair to say that if Moyes tried to sign Liverpool's Joe Allen then some United fans would march to Old Trafford and forcibly kick him out of the nearest exit. It would be that potential reaction that would put the Scot off bidding for Allen, and that is a shame because the Welshman could be the man to change their fortunes.
Brendan Rodgers once referred to Allen as the 'Welsh Xavi' for his ability to keep the ball and pick and pass.
It is that sort of ability that the Red Devils need at the moment; Marouane Fellaini has looked clumsy, Tom Cleverley has never shone in the Premier League, Ryan Giggs is ageing so it's usually left up to Michael Carrick to run the show.
He cannot do this on his own though. Most teams play with two players in that position, and Allen has the capability to add something extra going forward.
When he signed for Liverpool for around £15 million, it was obvious that a starting spot wouldn't be easy to come by for the 23-year-old because where United struggle for consistent performers in the middle, Liverpool have plenty.
Steven Gerrard has subsided deeper into the midfield in an effort to prolong his career so he paired with Lucas Leiva is almost an unbreakable partnership. More advanced central roles at Anfield are taken up by the flourishing Jordan Henderson alongside the glittering Suarez and Sturridge partnership.
Pairing Carrick and Allen would be a great move for United and Moyes. As a secure first team member, Allen's confidence would undoubtedly grow and he could be performing like he did at Swansea City, if not better.
A confident Allen, with Carrick as protection, would be able to get on the ball further up field and provide service for United's dazzling striker pairing of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
Fans of the Old Trafford and football fans in general may question whether the Welsh midfielder has it in him to pick a magic ball but someone like Rooney doesn't need a magic ball to work with. He only needs it at his feet to do something great, and Allen can provide that sort of service.
At Swansea, Allen with Leon Britton had passing stats which matched up with the real Xavi and his ever successful teammate Andres Iniesta so there's no issues with putting balls to feet.
The fact that it isn't working out on Merseyside would probably mean that any transfer fee would be lower than the one it took to sure him from the Swans. And for United it would be considerably lower than the fees that were reportedly offered in their pursuit for the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera.
It would take a miracle for the transfer to happen but if it does happen, Manchester United will have solved their midfield dilemma.
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