Sport Tottenham leading Saints in the race to sign Shaqiri

21:40  04 june  2018
21:40  04 june  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Southampton join chase for Shaqiri

  Southampton join chase for Shaqiri Southampton are one of a number of clubs tracking Stoke City attacker Xherdan Shaqiri. following his side’s relegation to the Championship, according to Talksport. The player is looking for a move away and Saints new boss Mark Hughes is keen to bring the player to St Mary’s having worked with him when the pair were at Stoke. Shaqiri has admitted that he is keen to get his future sorted prior to the World Cup getting underway, where he is expected to play a key role for Switzerland. The Saints face tough competition for his signature from fellow Premier League sides, Everton and Tottenham as they look to improve their squad after a tough campaign last season. It is widely expected that it will take a large sum to sign the player after a fine season at Stoke, but he was unable to prevent them from getting relegated to the Championship.

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Tottenham are leading Southampton in the race to sign Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, according to a report from Graeme Bailey for The Gambling Times.

The Swiss international has recently declared his intention to leave the Potters, alerting a host of Premier League sides to his availability. He also stated he wished to remain in the top-flight, after Stoke were consigned to relegation to the Championship.

It is understood that Shaqiri was a target for Mauricio Pochettino in January, and now Spurs could be set to sign the 26-year-old for around £13.5m, which is apparently the valuation of his release clause.

Southampton have reportedly been hoping that they could lure Shaqiri to the South Coast, with a reunion with former Stoke boss Mark Hughes potentially tempting prospect. But Saints could be beaten to his signature, with Spurs said to be in pole position in the race for his signature.

The South Coast side will be looking to bolster their attack for next season, to try and avoid a repeat of last term’s calamities. So far, they are said to be in the race to sign Lazio winger Felipe Anderson and Quincy Promes from Spartak Moscow.

Southampton leading the race to sign James Maddison .
Southampton appear to be leading the race to sign James Maddison from Norwich City this summer. The England Under-21 international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League and it seems Saints have stolen a march on their fellow top-flight competitors. Everton and Leicester were understood to be the front-runners in the race for Maddison’s signature, but according to the Daily Mail, Southampton are closing in on a deal for the player. Maddison was in outstanding form for Norwich last season, as he netted 15 goals from midfield, ending as his side’s top goalscorer. He also scooped the Player of the Year award at Carrow Road. The 21-year-old is likely to cost in the region of £20 million this summer but if reports are to be believed, Saints will have no problem in breaking their transfer record to land the playmaker. Maddison is currently recovering from knee ligament damage following an injury on the final day of the season, but it’s claimed in the Mail’s report that he is expected to be back to fitness before the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

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