Stoke City have confirmed their interest in signing Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri, putting them in direct competition with Liverpool for his signature, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Potters emerged as a shock potential destination for the highly talented Shaqiri a few days ago, as initially reported on this website.
Swiss international Shaqiri has been keen on a move away from Bayern since the summer, having found his opportunities incredibly limited at the German giants since the arrival of former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.
However, the Bundesliga leaders refused to sanction his sale in the summer.
As a result, he’s pushed for an exit in the January transfer window.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move in the recent past, and were thought to be on the cusp of an £11 million bid.
However, Stoke could rival them, with assistant manager Mark Bowen confirming that his side are keen on the winger’s signature.
He said: “He’s definitely on the list, but there is competition for a player of his ability.
“There are other clubs interested, but it doesn’t mean we rule ourselves out.