Exclusive: Newcastle make move to sign PL star, pundit: 'He's got the X-factor'

Michael Brown has questioned whether Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has got the work ethic that Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce will demand ahead of a potential move.

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the 28-year-old has got the “X-factor” the Magpies are looking for.

The Daily Mail report that the Magpies have already been in touch with the Swiss star’s representatives over a potential move to St James’ Park, subject to the prospective takeover on Tyneside.

Having seen the 82-cap attacker play a bit-part role at Anfield this season, Brown questions whether he will be willing to put the hard yards in that Bruce will be looking for.

Brown told Football Insider: “I think he has got that X-factor ability, for sure, but the question is where do you play him and the work ethic?

“I think that will have improved under Jurgen but will it be enough for a Steve Bruce? He’ll want some creativity and flair but Steve Bruce will certainly be demanding a more work ethic-type player into his squad at the moment until that improves.”

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Shaqiri, who joined Liverpool from Stoke City back in the summer of 2018, has a total of 40 appearances under his belt for the Reds to date.

However, he has featured just 10 time across all competitions this season, with his only goal coming in a 5-2 win over Everton in December.

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