Liverpool open talks over Stoke City star ahead of £13 million move

Liverpool transfer news Xherdan Shaqiri Man Utd

GETTYLiverpool transfer news Xherdan Shaqiri is in talks over an Anfield move

The Echo reports that Shaqiri would prefer a move to Liverpool and Stoke are hopeful that selling the Swiss worldwide to the Reds would mean they would be more willing to loan out one of Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo.

One of Switzerland's star performances in Russian Federation, his last-minute victor against Serbia sent the side through to the World Cup's round of 16 before their campaign drew to a close with a defeat to Sweden.

The relegation ensured that a new release clause was triggered in Shaqiri's contract, with the 26-year-old now allowed to depart the club for a modest fee of £13 million - a true bargain in today's market.

Speaking about his future earlier this month Shaqiri expressed his desire to remain in the Premier League, saying: "Of course, I would like to play on the biggest stage in football".

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Ojo, who spent past year helping Fulham win promotion to the Premier League scoring four goals in 22 appearances despite being sidelined for a time by a dislocated shoulder, has impressed already in pre-season.

Former Stoke boss Mark Hughes signed Shaqiri from Inter Milan in August 2015 for £12million.

His side take on League Two outfit Bury on Saturday before a midweek game against Blackburn Rovers.

Klopp, meanwhile, remains keen to add at least one more attacking midfielder to his squad this summer. They have no interest in the likes of Nick Pope, Jasper Cillessen, Thomas Strakosha and Jiri Pavlenka, all of whom have been linked of late.

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