Oghenekaro Peter Etebo joins Stoke on five-year deal

World Cup Bound Etebo Joins Stoke City In Long Term Deal

Oghenekaro Peter Etebo joins Stoke on five-year deal

Liverpool have stolen a march on Tottenham after opening talks with the agent of Xherdan Shaqiri ahead of a £13.5m swoop for the Stoke attacker, according to the Mirror.

Having spent time in Germany with Bayern Munich and Italy with Inter, Shaqiri has not ruled out a move back to the continent, but believes that England is "perfect" for him.

But Shaqiri can shed no light on his future yet and insists his focus must be on the World Cup.

When approached by an interviewer (via the Redmen TV, video above) who asked him about Liverpool, the 26-year-old winger responded by saying, 'The Anfield stadium is great, definitely'. He then asked: "Why are you talking about Liverpool?".

And the winger will leave taking care of his future firmly in the hands of his representatives.

'I can't tell you anything right now, ' Shaqiri said.

"Everyone wants to compete with the best, that was one reason why I chose the Premier League, and that's why I want to take the next step now".

Etebo, nominally an attacking midfielder but can play on the flanks, is Stoke's first acquisition under newly installed boss Gary Rowett - who succeeded Paul Lambert following his unsuccessful effort in maintaining their Premier League status - and much-travelled coach is pleased with his impending arrival.

Following the collapse of the Nabil Fekir deal, the importance of bringing in Shaqiri seems to have grown. I'm focusing on the national team right now'.

With limited time remaining before the finals start in Russian Federation, there might not be a quick resolution-but the Reds have clearly got options in mind to further add to the squad.

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