Shaqiri cuts holiday short to complete Liverpool move

STOKE ON TRENT ENGLAND- MAY 05 Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Crystal Palace at Bet365 Stadium

Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to become a Liverpool player this weekend, with strong reports of a medical due for Friday.

Liverpool made enquiries last month as a deal for Lyon's Nabil Fekir faltered.

The newspaper says the 26-year-old was keen to work under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield so has snubbed all interest to join Liverpool and will undergo his medical today ahead of his bargain move.

Stoke signed Shaqiri from Bayern Munich in 2015 and he has two years remaining on his deal but the Championship side - who are restructuring under new manager Gary Rowett - are resigned to him moving this summer and they want the business wrapped up quickly.

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He would likely make his first appearance for Liverpool on the club's preseason tour of the United States, where they will face Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United in the International Champions Cup.

Shaqiri was heavily linked with a potential move to Anfield last month but with the Swiss global was at the World Cup, no progress over a deal had been made.

Harry Wilson is expected to go the other way to Stoke on loan as part of the transfer deal, with the winger yet to play again for the Reds since his debut back in January 2017.

According to Turkish outlet Milliyet, Galatasaray have convinced the Senegal global to push for a move despite informing him that he will earn less on his return - €2.75m-per-year in fact, a €750,000 decrease on his current pay packet with the Potters.

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