Three reasons Southampton must forget Shaqiri and sign Steven Berghuis instead

New Southampton manager Mark Hughes is reportedly lining up a £20m summer bid for Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, although any potential move could depend on a number of factors.

The Daily Star says that Saints will only make a move for the Switzerland international if they retain their Premier League status – they are currently two points from safety with eight matches remaining – while the interest is likely to have been influenced by Hughes, who is only on a contract until the end of the season and not guaranteed to stay on at St Mary’s even if he keeps the club up.

The 26-year-old, who the fans have already provided their verdict on, is likely to want out of the Britannia Stadium if the Potters – who are one place and one point adrift of the south coast outfit in the standings – are relegated to the Championship, having been one of their most impressive performers this term with seven goals and six assists in 29 top flight appearances.

There is no doubt that Southampton need to strengthen their attacking options before the 2018/19 season if they do avoid the drop given that they have only scored 29 goals in their 30 Premier League matches, and Feyenoord’s Steven Berghuis, who is now playing under former Saints boss Ronald Koeman for the Netherlands, should certainly be on their radar.

Here are three reasons why the south coast club must forget Shaqiri and sign the Dutch international instead…