Xherdan Shaqiri in talks with Liverpool


Liverpool are hopeful of completing a deal for Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri this month, Goal can confirm.

James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds have opened discussions with the Stoke player, who is believed to have a release clause around £13.5 million.

Now, Pearce writes that talks have been opened with Stoke as Liverpool look to capitalise on the Potters being relegated last season.

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Xherdan Shaqiri is close to joining Liverpool for a bargain price.

Liverpool have already spent heavily in the transfer market this summer in the shape of midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho and Jurgen Klopp is keen to strengthen his forward line with a mind to challenging for the Premier League title.

Shaqiri would not be seen as someone to come in and start games immediately, though Klopp appreciates the importance of depth across his attacking positions.

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Signed from Inter Milan by former Stoke manager Mark Hughes for £12m in August 2015, Shaqiri has openly admitted that he would look to leave after the club's drop into the Championship.

Shaqiri's involvement at the World Cup ended last week when Switzerland were knocked out of the tournament by Sweden.

The players being discussed include Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo. They have no interest in the likes of Nick Pope, Jasper Cillessen, Thomas Strakosha and Jiri Pavlenka, all of whom have been linked of late.

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