The likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur could have received a significant boost in their bid for Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri, with reports that the 23-year-old winger wants a move to England.
The Swiss international has made just three league starts this season for a total of 310 minutes, and admitted his frustration last week at his lack of opportunities.
"I have a contract with Bayern until 2016, in the winter we'll meet again to discuss Bayern but I have a feeling I'll never be in the starting XI, even by scoring a goal every game,” he told the Swiss press.
"It's too early to say if it's good time to leave, I want to play. Last summer, I wanted to leave Bayern but they asked me to stay."
With a price tag of around £20 million quoted, both Juventus and Borussia Dortmund were reported to be among the front-runners for Shaqiri’s signature, but Swiss newspaper Blick now claims that the out-of-favour attacker is intent on sealing a switch to the Premier League.
Having made the headlines at the World Cup with a hat-trick in Switzerland’s final group game against Honduras, Liverpool’s summer interest in Shaqiri was well-documented, with a £15 million confirmed to have been tabled.
While manager Brendan Rodgers was ultimately forced to spend his funds elsewhere, the Merseyside outfit remain more than interested in bringing the former Basel prospect to Anfield, with Spurs also said to be weighing up an approach.
A winter move across the channel looks to be in the works then, but, with Arsenal, Chelsea and even Manchester United also mentioned as potential suitors, a bidding war could well be on the cards.