Why Tottenham Hotspur should be going all out to sign Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri

Shaqiri has been strongly linked with Stoke City, so why are Tottenham Hotspur not making a stronger push?

Remarkably just months after signing him from Bayern Munich, Xherdan Shaqiri is available from Inter Milan.

This has become clear after Tuttomercatoweb reported Inter had accepted an offer from Premier League side Stoke City in the region of £12 million. 

Swiss newspaper Blick has since reported Shaqiri is unconvinced over moving to Stoke, leaving the door open for other sides to steal in.

With that in mind it makes little sense that Tottenham Hotspur are not actively pursuing him, for the Switzerland international would be perfect for their side.

The 23-year-old winger is the sort of dynamic difference maker Spurs hoped they were getting when they spent a record fee on Erik Lamela.

The difference is Shaqiri has played in and scored a hat-trick at a World Cup, and is a Champions League and Bundesliga title winner with Bayern Munich, and has his best years ahead of him.

He is available at Inter as he is an in-demand asset, and they need to recoup some of the money they spent on Geoffrey Kondogbia and Miranda, with their efforts to offload Mateo Kovacic so far unsuccessful.

Shaqiri has a quality international record to his name with 17 goals in 46 games, and is a good bet to go onto win over 100 caps for his country.

He scored three times and made two assists in 20 games for Inter last season, and scored 17 goals and provided 19 assists for Bayern in 80 games, with most coming as a substitute.

Tottenham's wingers are a weak part of their team, with Lamela still finding his feet and Andros Townsend inconsistent. Aaron Lennon's future remains in doubt after he was loaned to Everton last season.

Shaqiri would be a considerable upgrade, and fits in the £10-15 million range chairman Daniel Levy aspires to pay for his targets this summer.

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