Three reasons West Ham must hijack Southampton’s bid to sign Xherdan Shaqiri

According to reports in the Daily Star, new Southampton manager Mark Hughes is lining up a £20m summer bid for Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, who earns £65,000-a-week according to The Mirror, but the move depends on a number of factors.

Firstly, the 26-year-old may only depart the Britannia Stadium if the Potters suffer relegation to the Championship – they currently lie in 19th position three points below 17th-placed West Ham United – while the 18th-placed Saints will only make a club-record move for the Switzerland international if they retain their Premier League status, according to the Daily Star.

In addition, Hughes isn’t guaranteed to still be with the south coast outfit next term given his contract only runs until the end of the campaign, with a potentially season-defining clash against the Irons at the London Stadium on March 31 to come.

Meanwhile, David Moyes’ men are in danger of slipping into the danger zone following three successive defeats by a three-goal margin, but that won’t have stopped the Scottish boss making plans for the future if they do remain in the top flight.

The east London outfit are the best performing side in terms of goalscoring in the bottom nine clubs in the Premier League this season, but it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t add to their attacking options over the summer.

Here are three reasons West Ham must hijack Southampton’s potential summer bid for Shaqiri…