Liverpool open talks for Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool transfer news Xherdan Shaqiri Man Utd

It looks like Liverpool are closing in on their third signing of this transfer window, with Sky Sports and the Liverpool Echo reporting that the Reds have opened talks with Stoke over Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.

Jurgen Klopp is eager to bolster his squad and give it some quality depth and utilize the opportunity to sign the Stoke City attacker who has an attractive release clause in his contract.

The Switzerland global is looking for a move back to the Premier League after Stoke's relegation to the Championship and it looks like Liverpool will be his new club.

Liverpool are close to agreeing terms with Xherdan Shaqiri over a move to Anfield.

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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Shaqiri is now 26 years old and is fresh from a World Cup with one goal and one assist in four appearances for Switzerland.

Shaqiri joined Stoke from Bayern Munich in 2015 and has two years remaining on his deal but the Championship side are resigned to him moving this summer and they want the business wrapped up quickly.

Liverpool may be able to sweeten any deal by offering a player on loan.

Barnsey too is excited at the idea, calling it an "excellent" signing for the club.

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