It looks like the transfer of Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool is almost complete with the Swiss International in Liverpool having his medical before a £13.5M switch to the Reds.
Sky Sports is reporting the deal could well be completed today after the Reds met the release clause in Shaqiri’s Stoke contract.
That should give Stoke some money to bring in a replacement, and it’s now likely they will go after their number one target – who seems to be Matt Richie.
It’s almost certain Stoke will come back with an improved offer for the winger.
The news is that Newcastle have rejected their initial offer of either £11.8M or £15M – depending on which reports you believe.
Matt Richie – after scoring a goal
We think it was most likely £11.8M because other reports are that if Newcastle get a £15M offer for him, he will be gone.
That depends if Rafa can bring in Andros Townsend in his place – said to be available for £17M from Crystal Palace.
Rafa will not let Matt go until he has Townsend all lined up and signed.
The Newcastle manager is not one to lose a player without a replacement being brought in first.
That’s what he did when he brought in Sung-yueng as a replacement before Mikel Merino left the club yesterday.
But this is somewhat of a side issue because with Kenedy now on loan for the season at Newcastle we have four good wingers to battle it out for the two wide positions – Kenedy, Ritchie, Atsu, and Murphy.
Before the end of the window, Townsend could have replaced Ritchie in that list and some of our fans will be disappointed that Matt has left.
He’s been such an influential player for us over the past two (great) seasons.
But a higher priority now is to bring in one or two strikers – and soon.
What do you think?