Liverpool leading race to sign 26-year-old World Cup star just for £13m

LIVERPOOL are likely to sign Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri, according to the bookies.

Switzerland international Shaqiri is set to leave Stoke following their relegation from the Premier League.

He has a release clause worth around £13m and would provide much-needed depth to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Coral are offering odds of 2/7 that Shaqiri completes a move to Liverpool in this transfer window.

And spokesman Harry Aitkenhead told Starsport: “Shaqiri’s performances in Russia might just push his price up a notch or two, but he’s certain to leave Stoke and Liverpool look to be the side firmly in pole position for his signature.”

Tottenham and Southampton – managed by former Stoke boss Mark Hughes – are also reportedly interested.

Shaqiri does not fancy a year in the Championship, and said: “It is no secret that I will leave the club.

“I think the (English) league is perfect for me. “I would love to stay in England but I don’t want to rule anything out. It’s the best league with the best players.”

Shaqiri, who previously described Anfield as a “great” stadium, is currently on international duty at the World Cup.

The 26-year-old scored a last-gasp winner against Serbia to put Switzerland in with a shout of reaching the last-16. He escaped a ban from FIFA over his politically-charged celebration.

Speaking before the tournament, Shaqiri indicated he would not think about his future until Switzerland were knocked out.

“I can’t tell you anything right now,” he said. “I think my agents take care of my future. “I’m focusing on the national team right now.”