Premier League elite preparing bids for Swiss starlet

In a case that will most likely see the hare winning the race, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham are all reportedly planning moves for youth talent, Xherdan Shaqiri.

The youngster has been heavily involved in transfer speculation over recent weeks and appears to be on the shopping list of many of Europe’s top teams.

The three mentioned English clubs all have reason to sign the winger who has made an impact on both a club and international level over the last year.

The 20 year-old was involved in Switzerland’s Under-21 European Championship tournament over the summer but has become a regular of the senior side also, making 17 appearances and four goals since his 2010 debut.

Tottenham are rumoured to be in the market for attacking cover as Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon struggle to get out of the gossip pages.

While some would argue cover isn’t necessary, manager Harry Redknapp suggested last month that Spurs would be making a ‘major signing’ in January, something Shaqiri would undoubtedly provide.

Manchester United and Liverpool have been in the running to sign the prospect on more of a long-term basis, and with both Premier League giants currently going through creative issues of their own, a move could be viable for either side.

Sir Alex Ferguson got a first-hand taste of the teenager’s skill as he assisted in both goals that saw United lose to Basel 2-1 in this year’s Champions League in a match that saw them knocked out of the competition.

While Shaqiri may be keen to experience the heights of Champions League football with the Swiss side, he may leave for the Premier League if an offer is made, where he is much more likely to see more chances in the future.

The Merseysiders are especially likely to go in for a winger this January, being linked with moves for the likes of Adam Johnson and Cristian Rodriguez as wing reinforcements.

All teams have the funds and desire necessary to sign the £15m-rated attacker, and it could only be a matter of time until we see the youngster performing in the Premier League.

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