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Shaqiri cuts holiday short to complete Liverpool move

13 July 2018

Stoke have accepted a bid of just over £13.5m for the forward, after Liverpool met the release clause valuation in Shaqiri's contract.

All going well with the medical, the deal should be confirmed by Liverpool soon after - allowing Shaqiri to join up with his new teammates on their pre-season tour of the United States.

The 26-year-old scored eight times for Stoke last season and registered a further seven assists in the Premier League, but he was unable to help them avoid relegation to the second tier.

Proven cover is needed for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks.

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Liverpool have also had public interest in Nabil Fekir, but negotiations have fallen quiet with Shaqiri seen as alternative option.

That said, sporting director Michael Edwards won't return to talks with Lyon if they are won't budge from the previously agreed £53 million deal.

The England goalkeeper is now in Russian Federation with the England squad as they prepare for the third-place Play-Off in the FIFA World Cup, and Butland is expected to be given his chance as Jordan Pickford takes a well earned rest.

Shaqiri cuts holiday short to complete Liverpool move