Stoke reveal interest in Shaqiri

Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen has revealed that the club are looking into the possibility of making a bid to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The Swiss star has been heavily linked with Liverpool in the past, and the Merseyside club has been linked with making a new attempt to secure his services during the January transfer window, while Italian duo Inter and Juventus are also said to be interested.

Signing Shaqiri would be seen as a major coup for Stoke, but Bowen insists that manager Mark Hughes is still keen to bring him to the Britannia Stadium. He said: “To get a good player like him on board would be fantastic. There are other clubs interested, but it doesn’t mean we rule ourselves out. He’s definitely on the list, but there is competition for a player of his ability.”

The Potters signed Bojan Krkic from Barcelona in the summer, and Bowen also believes that can help persuade Shaqiri to join. “It’s bound to help and it does help,’ added the former Wales international. ‘There’s many boxes to tick, not least the financial side of it, and with Shaqiri coming from one of the best clubs in the world, there’s a lot of persuasion to get it done.”

Shaqiri has never established himself as a regular member of the Bayern starting XI, and this season he has made just nine appearances, scoring once.

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