Why Are Newcastle Not After Inter-Milan Star?


Stoke City reached an agreement with Inter Milan about three days ago for the transfer of 23 year-old Swiss International Xherdan Shaqiri, but Stoke are said to be dubious as to whether they can persuade Shaqiri to join them.

Shaqiri was born in Gjilan, in the old Yugoslavia but emigrated to Switzerland with his parents back in 1992,  and joined FC Basel in 2001 and is a product of their Youth Academy.

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Xherdan Shaqiri – after scoring while at Bayern Munich

He made his debut for Basel back in July 2009 when he was 17 – in Basel’s opening game against FC St. Gallen – and he came to prominence in 2009-2010 season when Basel won the double.

A year later they won the League title again, and in December of 2011 Shaqiri provided two assists in a match against Manchester United in the Champions League, which Basel won 2–1.

He joined Bayern Munich in the summer of 2012 after playing 130 games for Basel with 23 goals and 27 assists.

Shaqiri stayed at Bayern for two and a half years before signing on in January for Roberto Mancini at Inter-Milan,  and he played 81 games with 17 goals and 19 assists for the top Bundesliga club.

After being at Inter for only six months (20 games, 3 goals, 2 assists) Inter Milan now want to unload either him or former Newcastle player Davide Santon, because Inter have too many players and have only room for 25 in their Italian League squad.

That’s according to manager Roberto Mancini.

Shaqiri is therefore available this summer, so we wonder why Newcastle are not in there trying to sign a player who has speed and skill on the wing.

While Shaqiri is not tall at just 5ft 6.5ins in his stocking feet – he is built like a tank.

Newcastle are a bigger club than Stoke – even through we may not have as good a team as Stoke have right now – but maybe Shaqiri would be more willing to join Newcastle United than Stake City?

Shaqiri is described as unpredictable on the ball, good with both feet, clinical in front of goal with excellent vision – and he has good speed both on and off the ball.

We think he would be an excellent signing for Newcastle.

Shaqiri has played 46 times for Switzerland with 17 goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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127 comments so far

  • clinath@ed

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #1

    If Charlie Austin is all that, how come no other team has forked out the asking price for him..?

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #2

    “Stake City” – a vampires nightmare.

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  • Kris

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Checking if we have signed some player every day, every hour. But think It’s no time to worry. People must remember we have got a new coach and a new system. The coach wanna tale a look at our team, before he decides what he really thinks we need and wich players he want us to sell. Think we will sign at least one good player before the match against Gateshade next week. Hopefully Matip or Austin.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Joke under-minded there by a lack of apostrophe.

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Because Charnley can’t spell his name ?

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  • Jib

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed says how come we haven’t bid for him – 96 hours ago he was totally oblivious to his existence.
    Makes yer larf yore ‘ead off guvnah , it really do

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  • spitfire_

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Can’t compete, Ed.

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  • Bambams

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #8

    I can only hope Austin has agreed to join us and our club are playing a game with QPR knowing eventually they will have to accept our bid.
    Austin could of signed for a number of clubs but hasn’t. ….Clubs that have offered more than we have. It’s only a thought.

    Problem is we need a lot more than one player, think Florian will be our first possibly tomorrow.
    Monday will see a CB signed then it will be on hold until after USA trip. Austin will fly out to meet the team .
    #ihope

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Unlike.y to be Stoke then
    Inter Milan are considering offering Xherdan Shaqiri to Tottenham in exchange for Erik Lamela, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

    Shaqiri had been linked with a £12million move to Premier League side Stoke City, but Spurs are also believed to be keen on the midfielder.

    While Lamela could be set for a return to Serie A after two underwhelming seasons at White Hart Lane.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #10

    we couldn’t get concha over the line, how the hell can we think of getting shaquiri

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #11

    If we’re going after Shakira can we put a bid in for her fella to?

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Hi guys to give you a quick update my first surgery didn’t go as planned so I’m going back under the knife at 4.20. See we still have no signings, hope everyone is well speak soon.

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  • SA Toon

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m not particularly interested in what other teams are doing. When you have a squad as ragged as ours, you might need to spend over the odds to get the right players in.

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  • nut meg

    Jul 4, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #14

    TFL
    Best wishes to you fella.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #15

    TFL
    All the best, mate.

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  • Spellcheck

    Jul 4, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #16

    TFL, all the best fella. Been in surgery myself of late on the eye. This great country of ours is blessed with brilliant surgeons.

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  • Mr Magpie

    Jul 4, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #17

    best of luck tfl

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  • armchair fan

    Jul 4, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Good luck tfl

    Hope to see you up and blogging again soon

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  • Bambams

    Jul 4, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #19

    TFL
    Hope all goes well mate

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 4, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Leeds, best of luck with your Op. Not sure what its for but good luck fellow Toon fan!

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  • KevinLee

    Jul 4, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Newcastle are a bigger club than Stoke?

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  • JDdubai

    Jul 4, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Why pay Shaqiri to sit on the bench behind Obertan, Sammy and Gouffran?

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  • Jib

    Jul 4, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #23

    If Charlie Austin mucks Newcastle about much more , they will go instead for the young Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan currently with Girondins de Bordeaux (like a lot of French clubs they have money problems to do with changes in French tax laws)

    This story is all over the French press

    Price about €15million – £10,702,422.95 (approx) ha ha ha

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 4, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Am I too late for the Bag Dust and Austin Allegro articles?

    I noticed Carl saying you can learn a lot from history and realise where mistakes were made. A good chuckle that one. Especially when defending the current regimes lack of regard for such history, even their own recent mistakes.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 4, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Poor TFL. Not nice having any surgery small or large.

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  • JDdubai

    Jul 4, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Jib @23

    I think we have to at least bid for Austin before we can claim he is mucking us about..

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  • Jib

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Dubai
    The French press claim we have made several
    They accuse CA of organising a Dutch auction
    they even use the same phrase – enchères à la hollandaise.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Why Are Newcastle Not After Xherdan Shaqiri?

    Because Lee Charnley is a Numb Skull, Graham Carr has no nuts, Steve McClaren is a Puppet II and Mike Ashley is a Cheapskate.

    HWTF

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  • leonado_keng

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #29

    I think that Mike and Charley are lying the fans as same as they did, they will not even pay money to buy top player certainly, why he resigned board because he wants to reduce huge pressure from fan. However, he still controls about policy to buy player, board committee just is a play only.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Are the bids for Charlie Austin going down in value?

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  • Jib

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #31

    They start at £15 million and work backwards

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #32

    We should be bidding for Diego Rolan anyway, if we want to show a bit of ambition and also compete with Stoke.

    http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Stoke-City-transfer-rumours-Potters-court-Uruguay/story-26619917-detail/story.html

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #33

    ‘They’ – who are they?

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  • Jib

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Dey is QPR man , dat is where de figure come from , Ho Kay ?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Bambams @1 previous article

    High winds and too many leaves on the tracks – reason enough for Penfold.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #36

    hi guys.

    just to let you know we are apparently in talks with this player.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNxT5neb6Ms

    must say i aint impressed tbh and think cisse is twice the player this lad is ! i really hope we are not getting him.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #37
  • croftus5678

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #38

    i see we lost our on concha also 🙁

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  • Jib

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Croftus
    Who the hell do you think you are !!!!
    Denis Wise !!!!
    Ha ha ha

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  • lesh

    Jul 4, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Why haven’t we signed Shaqiri?

    Tsk tsk tsk! It’s Saturday and Lord Charles, er Charnley had a hard few weeks deciding wbo not to sign.

    It’s difficult and there’s meeting after meeting, time consuming and he’s on the case 24/7.

    He’s only paid about £120k a year,a pittance, but does that concern Charnley? Never, he’s bleeds black and white and totally dedicated to tapping away on his calculator, checking his budgets, eager to show Mikey boy that he’s more than capable of not spending money.

    He’s strong enough to distance himself from the tedious demands of McClaren who like a child demands more and more attention to the small matter of signing players. Some people can be sooo difficult and demanding. Why does McClaren want new players? He’s got some!

    So,have some understanding of Charnley’s situation, work work work, lies lies lies – he’s doing a magnificent job in reshaping Newcastle United, reshaping it for whatever fate might throw at us.

    He’s a star and has my total support.

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