Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of signing Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri may have been given a significant boost after a Swiss news site carried quotes from Pep Guardiola that appeared to indicate that the winger could be allowed to leave in January.
According to a report from 20 Minuten, the Spanish coach hit out at the Swiss international, claiming he is "not smart enough" to play regularly for the Bavarians.
The story hinted that Shaqiri could leave the club in January, with the Premier League one potential destination for the highly-rated 23-year-old.
Tottenham have been heavily linked with a move for the former Basel star, who could cost the White Hart Lane outfit as much as €20 million.
The Lilywhites could yet face competition to land the World Cup hat-trick hero however, as rumours suggest Manchester United are also weighing up a bid for the midfielder.
Shaqiri moved to Bayern Munich from Basel in February 2012 for €11.6 million.
However with both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery ahead of him in the pecking order at the Allianz Arena, the Swiss youngster has found game time hard to come by and was linked with a move over the summer, after impressing at the World Cup.
Shaqiri netted a hat-trick against Honduras in Brazil to help seal Switzerland's place in the second round of the tournament, where they duly lost 1-0 to Argentina after extra time.
Liverpool were previously linked with a summer move for the midfielder but Shaqiri opted to remain at Bayern, though these latest quotes appear to indicate his time in Germany could soon be coming to an end.