Reds in talks with Shaqiri as alternative to Fekir

World Cup Bound Etebo Joins Stoke City In Long Term Deal

Reds in talks with Shaqiri as alternative to Fekir

Following a thoroughly enjoyable 2017/18 campaign, Liverpool are looking to build upon the successes they enjoyed throughout the bygone season, with a key factor to their continued growth being squad depth.

Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo has joined English second-tier club Stoke City on a five-year deal from with Portuguese side Feirense, the Championship club announced on Monday.

The Swiss global will now head off to the World Cup and attempt to help his country emerge from a tricky group featuring Brazil, Serbia and Costa Rica, but he could be heading to Anfield after the tournament.

The Switzerland global has made no secret of the fact he is looking to quit Stoke City this summer following the club's relegation from the Premier League and a stay in England's top flight is his first choice.

Newly appointed manager Gary Rowett has expressed happiness with the club's first signing of the summer.

But 26-year-old Shaqiri, formerly of Bayern Munich, is viewed as a bargain and supplied eight goals and seven assists last season despite playing in a goal-shy Stoke side.

"Etebo is a very mobile, energetic midfielder and he's a great age".

During his time in Spain, the Nigerian assisted once in 14 appearances as Las Palmas suffered relegation after finishing 19th in the league table.

"I'm particularly pleased that he took the time to look beyond our current league status and understand who we are as a club before choosing us ahead of current Premier League and Bundesliga clubs", Chief Executive Tony Scholes told Stoke City's official website.

Nigeria face Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in the group stage of the World Cup.

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