By Darren Bent

17th Nov, 2019 | 4:22pm

Exclusive: Bent claims West Ham would 'Love' to sign PL attacker ready to quit club in 2020

Darren Bent claimed that West Ham would love to sign Liverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri if the 28-year-old is set to exit Anfield anytime soon.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham and Sunderland forward admitted that the Hammers were a Premier League side who could really benefit from having Shaqiri on their books.

Football Insider exclusively revealed previously that Shaqiri had told friends he was ready to quit Liverpool in 2020 with him acknowledging he faces an uphill battle to get more playing time.

Shaqiri has only played 11 minutes of Premier League action across two appearances this season and has only featured for three minutes in the Champions League after one brief outing against Napoli.

However, it’s worth noting that the Swiss winger has not just struggled to feature due to being low in the club’s pecking order this season, but has seen a calf injury disrupt his campaign as well.

Despite the 28-year-old struggling to feature for Jurgen Klopp’s side, Bent could see the Hammers being keen on the winger, although Football Insider reported that the Reds manager wouldn’t be willing to part with Shaqiri in January.

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When asked if there were any Premier League clubs who could really do with Shaqiri, Bent told Football Insider: “West Ham for one, West Ham would love to get him I think.”

Shaqiri has been at Anfield since July 2018 after joining from Stoke City and is contracted to stay at Anfield until 2023 after signing five-year deal upon joining the Reds.

In his debut campaign at Liverpool last season, Shaqiri featured 30 times across all competitions and scored six goals as well as registered five assists to help his side’s cause.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that a first team star is holding showdown talks about his future soon after signing a bumper new contract.