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