Tottenham have approached Stoke City with an enquiry about signing attacker Xherdan Shaqiri in the upcoming transfer window, according to a report.
News outlet TeamTalk claims that the Switzerland international has a £12million release clause in his contract that was activated after Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed.
It is understood that Mauricio Pochettino is a long-term admirer of Shaqiri, who according to the Sun earns £65,000-a-week in his deal at the Bet365 Stadium.
The former Bayern Munich attacker, who is known for his rocket launcher left foot, is also said to be wanted by Everton and West Ham ahead of the transfer window opening.
Football Insider verdict
Tottenham do need to strengthen in the summer, perhaps in all areas of the pitch, and getting in Shaqiri for £12million would be a very clever bit of business. The relegation clause in his contract is too good to turn away from and there are bound to be half of the clubs in the Premier League chasing down his signature in the coming weeks and months. Spurs, with Champions League football in the bag, should be able to beat a lot of others clubs to signing him although Daniel Levy’s wage cap may mean that other clubs could offer him better deals despite being further down the table. Interest in Shaqiri could mean that one or two of Spurs’ existing attackers could be off in the summer. Fernando Llorente is likely to be one after a poor debut season in North London while Vincent Janssen might also be offloaded when his loan at Fenerbahce ends. Signing Shaqiri would allow Heung-min Son to play a more central forward role.