Report: Newcastle won't make ambitious bid for Xherdan Shaqiri, pursuing other deals

Newcastle are not looking to sign Xherdan Shaqiri, according to reports.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United have no interest in signing Inter Milan ace Xherdan Shaqiri - but are currently working on other deals.

The Magpies have landed two players so far this summer bringing in Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic from PSV Eindhoven and Anderlecht respectively, whilst defender Chancel Mbemba is also poised to join from Anderlecht too, subject to being granted a work permit.

Manager Steve McClaren still needs new signings ahead of the new Premier League season, but one player who seemingly won't be making the move to St. James' Park is Shaqiri.

The Swiss international, 23, is a highly-rated playmaker having impressed during his time at Basel and intermittently with Bayern Munich, but could now leave Inter Milan, with Roberto Mancini rebuilding his squad this summer.

However, The Chronicle believe that Newcastle will not pursue Shaqiri, and are instead working on a number of other deals as McClaren looks to bring in new faces.

Shaqiri has great quality on the ball, and is able to go past players at ease with his pace and dribbling ability - but he could now leave Inter Milan after just six months at the San Siro.

Any teams interested in signing the playmaker would have to ask just why Shaqiri's time in Italy is coming to such an abrupt end - and given that McClaren has the likes of Ayoze Perez, Remy Cabella and now Wijnaldum at his disposal, it's no surprise that Newcastle are avoiding Shaqiri right now.

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