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Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton willing to meet Xherdan Shaqiri buyout clause?

Spurs, Saints to meet Shaqiri buyout clause?
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Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is wanted by Premier League pair Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, according to a report.

Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton are both reportedly willing to pay the £12m fee required to trigger Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri's release clause.

The Switzerland international confirmed at the weekend that he intends to leave the bet365 Stadium this summer following the Potters' relegation to the Championship.

Shaqiri would prefer a Premier League move and is available for a cut-price sum, which The Mirror suggests has made him a wanted man.

Southampton, managed by former Stoke boss Mark Hughes, and Champions League participants Tottenham are both said to be in the running to sign the 26-year-old.

A deal is unlikely to go through until July, however, as Shaqiri - the scorer of eight goals in 36 league games this term - is preparing for the World Cup finals with Switzerland.


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2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
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8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
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11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
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13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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