Stoke City attacker Xherdan Shaqiri made a big impact and scored a brilliant winner in Switzerland’s crucial 2-1 win against Serbia in their second 2018 World Cup group game on Friday, and Newcastle United fans have urged their club to sign the 26-year-old ace.
According to reports in The Mirror, the forward is available for £12m this summer thanks to a release clause in his contract following the Potters’ relegation to the Championship.
Having scored just 39 goals in their 38 Premier League matches last term, the Magpies are certainly in desperate need of reinforcements in attack, and the Stoke man showed the quality he has when a fantastic curling effort hit the crossbar in Kaliningrad, before he ran from the halfway line to net a fine winner.
Newcastle supporters, who are desperate for their club to keep a £9m first-team star this summer, were quick to have their say on Shaqiri’s latest display via social media, and while one said “we would be nuts not to take Shaqiri if we got the chance”, another said “buy him with the Mitro money”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Aside from the Mitro debate I wouldn’t mind seeing #nufc putting a cheeky bid in for Shaqiri .
— DeKuip02 #FBPE (@DeKuip02) June 23, 2018
We would be nuts not to take Shaqiri if we got the chance
— KK (@KingK_NUFC) June 22, 2018
Personally I'd play him in the role currently occupied by Ayoze Perez.
— Hæþen (@richdrinkstea) June 23, 2018
Shaqiri needs signing up. But him with the Mitro money.
— Dave Horne (@nufc3000) June 22, 2018
— Steven Medd (@BorisBedd) June 22, 2018
— Paul Wright (@PaulAPWright) June 22, 2018
Shaqiri is one of my favourite players. Such a clever little player. Would be great to see him in a @NUFC shirt next season. One can dream. #WorldCup #SERSUI 🇷🇸🇨🇭#SER #SUI #BBCWorldCup #WorldCupRussia2018
— Mark Windass (@MarkWindass) June 22, 2018
— Donaldo (@DonaldoC09) June 22, 2018