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Tottenham are monitoring the situation of Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri, according to the Mirror.

Shaqiri was Stoke’s standout player in 2017/18, scoring eight goals as the Potters were relegated to the Championship.

The 26-year-old joined Stoke from Inter Milan in the summer of 2015 – he has also played for Basel and Bayern Munich.

According to the Mirror, Southampton are set to step up their interest in Shaqiri with a view to signing him this summer.

However, the Saints could face competition from Spurs, who will be keeping an eye on the Switzerland international at the World Cup finals in Russia.

The report also claims Shaqiri has a release clause of just £12 million, which would make him a bargain in today’s market.

Mauricio Pochettino has apparently been handed increased transfer funds to overhaul his squad this summer, and an attacker is said to be a priority.

Shaqiri is a good player, but his work-rate has been criticised regularly in the past.

For that reason, I can’t see Tottenham making a move for him – although stranger things have happened.

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