Newcastle United have been tipped to sign Liverpool player Xherdan Shaqiri if the prospective takeover in the northeast is eventually approved by the Premier League, former Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson has revealed to Football Insider.
According to the Daily Mail, Shaqiri’s representatives have been contacted ahead of a potential move in the upcoming summer transfer window, subject to the proposed deal between current owner Mike Ashley and the Saudi-led consortium being completed.
As per Football Insider, Shaqiri was the subject of significant interest to multiple clubs in January but the Anfield outfit rebuffed any inquiries. Robinson has suggested to the platform that the former Bayern Munich and Stoke City player may seek a new challenge:
“He has done well at Liverpool,” the ex-England international told Football Insider.
“A bit-part player but he has put in performances over the past two years.
“It depends what the player wants. It looks like he is going to win the Premier League title this year and he may want to finish his career by playing football week in, week out.
“There is an opportunity for a new challenge at Newcastle and if the takeover does happen it will be an opportunity to be part of something special there.”
Indeed, Shaqiri has scored seven goals and made five assists in 40 appearances for the Reds in all competitions so far, according to Transfermarkt.
Would Shaqiri be a good signing?
However, with the competition for places in Jurgen Klopp’s team very high on the wings considering that they have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane (38 goals between them this season) on their books, a move away may suit the Swiss international.
If the bid at St. James’ Park from the would-be owners is fully approved, then they may wish to look at Shaqiri as a possible option to sign, which could provide a new and fresh challenge for the 28-year old that he may well relish.
If the Tyneside club are backed by their wealth in the upcoming summer transfer window, then Shaqiri may not be the only relatively high-end recruit for the Magpies, which could spark the start of something special for the Toon.
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