Liverpool will press ahead with their efforts to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City after missing out on Nabil Fekir, according to ESPN.
Fekir was expected to complete a switch to Liverpool but that fell through at the last minute, with Lyon announcing that he would stay with the Ligue 1 side instead.
Now that the Reds have missed out on the France international, they will now focus their efforts on signing Shaqiri – who is a target for a number of other Premier League clubs.
Everton, West Ham United and Crystal Palace are among the other sides credited with an interest in the Switzerland international, whose future will have to wait until after the World Cup finals in Russia.
But Shaqiri has made it clear that he intends to leave Stoke this summer after his tally of eight goals and seven assists last season was not enough to keep his side up.
It has been widely reported that he has a £12m release clause in his current contract with the Potters, although ESPN believe it is closer to £13.5m, and this price is unlikely to dissuade Premier League clubs from swooping.
Liverpool are now set to prioritise a deal for the 26-year-old to bolster their attacking midfield options.
Shaqiri will be a decent back-up choice for Liverpool, who need reinforcements off the bench to ease the burden on Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
The left-footed winger does offer goals, assists and a lot of talent on the ball, although he will need to add more consistency to his game if he is to impress enough to earn starts at Anfield.
And at the reported price he is available for, it should be a no-brainer as that is a snip in today’s market.
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