Nigerian World Cup star arrives as Stoke's first summer signing

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Reports suggest Shaqiri is available for a knockdown £13.5m as a result of Stoke's relegation from the Premier League, and the likes of Everton, West Ham, Spurs and Mark Hughes' Southampton are also said to be interested in a deal.

The attacker refused to be drawn on transfer speculation after insisting his agent will take care of his future while he concentrates on representing Switzerland at the upcoming World Cup.

Asked what he thought of Liverpool's iconic stadium, Shaqiri burst out laughing before replying: 'The Anfield stadium is great certainly. He then enquired: "Why are you talking about Liverpool?".

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After being told of Liverpool's reported interest in his services Shaqiri said: "I can't tell you anything right now".

But according to ESPN, Shaqiri's agent and brother met with Liverpool on Friday to discuss a move to Anfield, and the Reds are now leading the chase for a player who has made clear his desire to play Champions League football after three seasons at Stoke.

And the winger will leave taking care of his future firmly in the hands of his representatives.

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"Everyone wants to compete with the best, that was one reason why I chose the Premier League, and that's why I want to take the next step now".

Fabinho is already in and Naby Keita's deal was pre-arranged for this summer, while Fekir looked as though he might be a third addition. I'm focusing on the national team right now'. He won't be linking with the Staffordshire club straight away as he will be heading to the World Cup after being selected in the Nigeria squad.

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