Why Spurs should have signed £11.8m star Shaqiri - Will it cost them a top-four place?

Tottenham Hotspur should have signed Xherdan Shaqiri, considering the price he was available for.

Tottenham Hotspur appear to have already missed out on a bargain deal during the January transfer window, due to their reluctance to act. 

Spurs appear from the outside, keen not to bring in new arrivals without offloading some of their struggling stars first, but such a policy could be harming the side.

The Lilywhites have as strong a chance of claiming a top-four spot as they have in a number of years, but they will need to add a sprinkling of quality to do this.

However, Spurs have already let one world-class talent slip through their grasp, after seeing Xherdan Shaqiri join Inter Milan.

Spurs had reportedly been long-term admirers of Shaqiri, according to the Daily Star, but they failed to act on their interest and allowed him to join Inter Milan last week. 

That could turn out to be a major error for the side, especially as the price he was available at meant that the 23-year-old could be one of the bargains of the window.

The Daily Mirror report that Shaqiri moved to Inter from Bayern Munich for £11.8 million and that price-tag does not seem to represent the amount of quality that he possesses, it seems a bargain.

A natural dribbler, who loves to run at defences, Shaqiri would have added another dimension to Spurs' attack and he could have been the difference between making this season being a success or a failure for the North London outfit.

What's more, with Spurs looking to sell the likes of Aaron Lennon, Paulinho and Vlad Chiriches in the next few weeks, his transfer could have been paid for by their unwanted stars' departures. 

It highlights that, although Tottenham would have had to take an initial rise to sign Shaqiri - in banking that other teams would sign their up-for-grabs players - it would have been a cost effective one and they may rue missing out of the Swiss international later in the season. 

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