West Ham in hunt to sign £65,000-a-wk attacker who could quit PL club in summer - reports
West Ham are in the hunt to sign Stoke City attacker Xherdan Shaqiri, according to a report.
Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato claims that Shaqiri, 26, could quit the relegation-threatened Potters in the summer transfer window if they drop out of the Premier League.
It is understood that Everton and Crystal Palace are keeping close tabs on the Switzerland international, who is by far and away one of Stoke’s most valuable assets having signed for them from Bayern Munich for £12million in 2015.
Shaqiri has made 88 appearances in all competitions for Stoke over the last three seasons, scoring 14 goals and supplying 14 assists in the process.
Seven of his strikes have come in the Premier League this season, however he has not been able to do enough to steer Stoke away from the bottom three.
The Sun has previously reported that Shaqiri is earning £65,000-a-week at the Bet365 Stadium, and the Potters may have to trim down their wagebill in the summer if they are relegated.
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Shaqiri would definitely be a great signing for West Ham. The Switzerland ace is not exactly the kind of player you expect to see in a relegation dog fight having quit Bayern Munich to join Stoke in 2015 so there is bound to be a lot of interest in him in the summer if the Potters do go down. Everton could be a team that the Hammers will have to keep an eye on because they have proved that they are not afraid to splash the cash on attackers. West Ham on the other hand will likely reduce their spending on what they did last year when a number of big-money flops were welcomed to the London Stadium. Shaqiri would not be a flop though, he is a proven Premier League player who will shine in the right setting.