Stoke hopeful of Shaqiri deal

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is hopeful of completing a deal for Inter Milan forward Xherdan Shaqiri, despite the move breaking down earlier in the summer.

Shaqiri looked set for a switch to the Premier League when a £12 million transfer was agreed, only for the Swiss international to appear to turn down the chance to move to the Britannia Stadium.

However, Shaqiri was a guest of the Potters for Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Liverpool, and after the match Hughes revealed that the transfer is still on the cards.

"We have had a pre-season of chasing really quality targets," he said.

"We are hopeful we can do something but until we have players standing in front of the training ground with the shirt in their arms, we will have to see. These things are never easy but we are hopeful."

Premier League rivals Everton have also expressed interest in the former Bayern Munich player, but it is believed that the Toffees' desire for a loan move rather than a permanent transfer has swung the move in Stoke's favour.