It has been revealed that Shaqiri has a buyout clause of £14.5m.

With Stoke relegated on Saturday, the drop means that any club can now try to attract the player of they match that buyout price.

Shaqiri put Stoke in the lead but hopes of survival were stamped out as the Potters collapsed yet again, losing to two second half Crystal Palace goals.

Not only are Stoke relegated but now look near certainties to also finish very bottom of the table, as Darren Moore gets a tune out of West Brom in these latter stages of the season.

The popular NUFC Fans Twitter account NUFC 360 put out the idea of Newcastle going for the Swiss international, only to get the following type of responses…

“Xherdan Shaqiri has a £14.5m relegation buyout clause. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”

‘Hope he never wears the NUFC shirt, doesn’t have the work ethic the team needs.’

‘Nope attitude f…… stinks.’

‘Hope not, we don’t need a lazy player who shows up 1 out of 5 games.’

‘Luxury player unfortunately and surely not a rafa player.’

‘Nee chance totally inconsistent one outstanding skill every half dozen games & unfit out of conditioning.’

‘He’s a c… simple as that, moans about everything and doesn’t have the right attitude we need at our club.’

So is Shaqiri exactly the type of player Newcastle don’t need, rather than one that would raise the quality of the first team?

I think some people are totally missing the reality…Newcastle’s players have done well to battle away and reach Premier League safety, but just because they have put together a decent late run of form, can’t hide the truth of how low on quality the team really is – especially going forward.

Of players Newcastle could realistically attract at this point, Shaqiri must be exactly the type to go for.

He is still only 26, has loads of experience with his country and in club football, in Serie A, the Bundesliga, and the Premier League.

Plus, playing for a shocking Stoke team this season, he has fought a lone battle in trying to keep them up.

They have only scored 33 PL goals and Shaqiri has either scored or assisted in almost half of them.

The winger/playmaker scoring 8 Premier League goals and grabbing 6 assists.

Compare that to the stats of Newcastle players and Shaqiri has both more goals AND more assists than any NUFC player this season.

6 + 5 Ayoze Perez

5 + 3 Dwight Gayle

4 + 1 Joselu

3 + 5 Matt Ritchie

2 + 2 Kenedy

2 + 2 Christian Atsu

2 + 0 Mohamed Diame

1 + 2 Jonjo Shelvey

1 + 1 Jacob Murphy

1 + 0 Isaac Hayden


  • Albert Stubbins

    Fat little wrang un!! So is Shaqiri!!

  • Peaky

    Putting rivalries to one side…get well soon Sir Alex…

    • Albert Stubbins

      Here here mate. Great shout.

  • ghostrider

    An excellent signing. I think he’d massively enhance this team and well worth it for 14.5 million.
    Whoever called him lazy is way off the mark.
    I’d take him in a heart beat.

  • TheNutJob

    he played well yesterday and he`s got quality, at £14.5m he`s a steal

  • Foggy

    Plenty teams will be in for him I think but Rafa could certainly motivate him so I’d jump at the chance of him coming here.

    • Albert Stubbins

      We’d need Gallowgate flags to commission a pair of shorts that size!!

  • pedrodelgardo

    It’s not bizaar at all, he has a questionable attitude along side bags of ability and a centre of gravity near his ankles. He would have to prove himself to the rest of the lads day in day out or sample Jamaal’s interpretation of the queensbury rules.

  • Leazes.


    • TheNutJob

      yes, he is

  • Paul Patterson

    I think it would be a similar signing to the Lee Bowyer one, a risk. However is he better than what we have? If he adds competition down the right with Ritchie then it might be a decent deal, it also might be a good idea to gazump Everton who are linked. For £12-15 million it might be a good idea.
    Haven’t seen much of his temperament so I can’t comment. If he had an attitude problem then steer clear . .

  • Gianfranco Shola

    Very much in the mould of HBA, can do things that no other play on the pitch could even dream of doing, but like HBA there’s a reason he’s never made it at a top club. A Shaqiri/Yedlin partnership could leave us exposed down the right side also. Saying all this we are boring to watch and I hope we sign someone like him, he wouldn’t be a bad signing

  • Jezza

    It’s all academic. If he’s not available on loan or a free transfer he won’t be coming to Newcastle. Simple as that. Our biggest signing of the summer will be Dubravka for £4 million.

    • Peaky

      Are you not down this way today Jezza ?? Just been across to Mam Tor & the Castleton caves….red hot & rammed !!!

      • Jezza

        I’m having a rest day today, Peaky. I was at Birchen Edge in scorching sun yesterday and I’m at Baslow Edge tomorrow.

        • Peaky

          Nice at Baslow…often park up there and take the dogs around the Chatsworth estate…big spring fair day tomorrow in Buxton for us…normally rains like hell and a bit flat so should be good with this hot weather…think I might have one or two ‘sherbets’..🍺🍺🍺

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I bet you he isn’t

  • robbersdog

    I’d love to see him at Newcastle; I think he’d fit right in, particularly if we signed Kenedy and a decent No.9.

    • Jezza

      I remember the old Meat Loaf song “Two out of three ain’t bad” but sadly you’re looking at none out of three here.

      • Jate Legend


  • MadMag83

    Scores some fantastic goals, just wonder if he could play as a number ten instead of out wide? Unlikely to come to Newcastle though.

  • Peaky

    Decent signing if he can still belt out “Whenever,Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie”……

    • GlasgowMag

      “Lucky my breasts are small and humble so you dont confuse them with mountains” interesting conversations to be had with his team mates 😂😂😂😂

      • Peaky


      • Wor Lass

        Nice one as well!!

    • Wor Lass

      Nice one!

      • Peaky

        Went to a lovely French restaurant in Buxton last night…great frogs legs and cracking wine….best meal we’ve had out in ages…

        • Wor Lass

          I`ve never seen frogs` legs on a menu over here. Apparently, they`re a big deal in the Marais Poitevin area which is well North of us.

  • Geordiegiants

    There is no keeping people happy at this club, everyone moans about boring football, but then a player like this is linked and they moan about that.

    • Peaky

      Shithouses….nope,they haven’t banned it yet

      • Geordiegiants

        Still going strong the owld shithouse. It won’t be long until the shithouses ban it. 👍

  • Whitehurst

    Totally over-rated!!

  • Mmalex86

    Again graham porter (I won’t even mention your ever-present botching of the English language), you showcase just how out of touch you are with the vast majority of Newcastle fans

    Shaqiri would be an attrocious signing.

    I’ll take industry, attitude, and a conformance to Rafas footballing vision above all else. If that meant Ryan Fraser, Van la Parra, or even a James McClean or some other non-marquee signing, so be it.

    In Rafa we trust. Thank god the average Newcastle fan sees it that way too

    • colin marr

      great post, but mcClean no thanks,

      • Peaky

        Aye you’re right there…hate the bloke with a passion…

      • Mmalex86

        Lol. I thought his name might’ve been a touch too much!

    • Wor Lass

      He isnt out of touch with the fans – hes a master at stirring the pot. Its what he does.

  • 1ewis

    Honestly he is a good player playing for a poor team. Long balls to Peter Crouch all over, how can they be possibly play well.

    Just look at Arnautovic, left Stoke and actually become a better player.

    • Dingus

      I’d say Arnautovic was better at Stoke, which would explain why West Ham paid so much. He’s improved in recent weeks for West ham, but he’s largely been disappointing for them. Like quite a few of their recent signings. How are they in the bottom half with that squad?!

      • Jezza

        Simple answer: Davie Moyes.

        • Dingus

          The man’s a charlatan!

    • Albert Stubbins

      He’d be a good player in a poor team for us as well imo. In a good team he’d be a good edition but he’s to inconsistent to play for the team we have. A luxury player. Like someone has already compared him too HBA. Not for me but I can see the attraction. He’s a top six player on his day but as his record demonstrates his days are few and far between.

  • Steve Smith

    “So is Shaqiri exactly the type of player Newcastle don’t need, rather than one that would raise the quality of the first team?”

    Those things are not mutually exclusive.

    You should write for one of the rags.

  • Dingus

    Most Stoke fans I’ve heard speaking on the subject say he’s a weak link. He’s explosive and powerful, but very inconsistent and self-entitled. Fans normally know what they’re talking about as they’re the ones paying attention every game, so I’d avoid. He has the coolest name ever though

    • Albert Stubbins

      Good point well made.

  • Dingus

    I’d take Matt Phillips from West Brom. If they go down that is! How Pardewed was that squad?! I’d love to say their upturn is all down to Big Dave, but they have a good squad. Clearly a case of the Pardews!

    • nufcslf

      Priceless if it ends up with Stoke, West Brom and Southampton go down. Pardew and both clubs managed by his equivalent in Mark Hughes going down.

  • nufcslf

    Isn’t Cashley already out right off the bat with a £14.5m price tag attached…….

    • Albert Stubbins


  • Damon Horner

    Players like Affelay, Jese and Berahino have been banished from the team. Surely Shaqiri must be applying enough effort/motivation to still be picked every game unless they know they cannot do without his dead ball ability.

  • Jate Legend

    Who would he displace in the team? Shelvey? There are other priorities to signing Shaqiri regardless of whether hes a t*** or not. Which he does seem to be.

  • Desree

    I was hoping we would have got him when stoke did. But I agree with tge comments. This lad is not the solution.

  • Weyhhadaway

    Rafa will only take him if he thinks he can get that consistency. The stats of 8 goals and six assists makes him a good bet to improve in a Rafa team.
    Shelvey holding, Shaqiri in front of him, Kenedy and Ritchie on the wings.
    Just need two center forwards now.

  • Callum

    He’s in the same category as Ben Arfa, a luxury player that realistically we cant afford to carry.

    • Weyhhadaway

      Stoke at least got a full season out of the guy.

  • Weyhhadaway

    Rafa has already stated that he has identified his targets, whether this guy is on the list is debatable. But as I said below the stats suggest he is better than what we have, at a price that is affordable in the current market.

    • Jezza

      A transfer fee of £14.5 million is easily affordable if you are Burnley, Watford, Brighton, Wolves, Middlesborough, Huddersfield, Crystal Palace or Bournemouth but not if you are NUFC under Ashley in 2018.

  • Mayor Vaughn

    No thanks

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    He could be a Peter Beardsley but does not work hard.

  • Oldgeordie

    Too lazy and also critical of teammates.

  • NUFCDan

    I’d rather have Ben Arfa back. This is a lot more likely bearing in mind he’d be available for a free and Ashley is our owner!