Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted that it would be naive to think he will stay at the Bet365 Stadium for the remainder of his career, during an exclusive interview with the Mirror.
When a footballer makes comments like this, there is only one way they are heading. They alienate themselves from the fans, who are spending their hard-earned money to watch the team, and perk up the interest of clubs who could be considering a move for the player.
Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri in action
Everton are a team who are totally bereft of any kind of creativity at present, and Shaqiri would be the ideal acquisition for them.
His trickery and intelligent eye for a killer pass is exactly what the Toffees lack at the moment, and the diminutive Swiss star would surely help bring the best out of Romelu Lukaku, whilst also taking some of the pressure off of Ross Barkley's shoulders.
The 25-year-old told the Mirror how it is his ambition to play Champions League football again, and while Everton seem a long way from being able to achieve that at the moment, they are surely in a better position to do so over the next year than the Potters.
The signing of someone of Shaqiri's calibre would represent fantastic ambition from the Merseyside outfit and, in turn, could potentially help convince the likes of Lukaku and Barkley to stay at Goodison Park.
The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan star still has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract with Stoke, but with the January transfer window just around the corner, could Everton tempt the Potters into selling with an offer that would be hard to refuse?
Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates