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West Ham leading Shaq race

Filed: Tuesday, 8th May 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are the front runners to sign Stoke City's Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Potters became the first team to be relegated from the Premier League this season when they went down 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace last weekend.

And that has naturally seen a string of Stoke's better players linked to various destinations in the past few days - including Shaqiri, who formed a formidable partnership with Marko Arnautovic at the Bet365 Stadium.

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According to the latest odds, the Hammers are 2-1 favourites to sign the 26-year-old winger, who was on the bench when Bayern Munich faced fellow German outfit Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League Final.

2A number of Stoke City’s first-team players are expected to leave the club following the team’s relegation from the Premier League," said BetStars Director of Trading Ian Marmion.

"Swiss superstar Shaqiri has been the Potters’ shining light this season but the attacker looks set to call time on his three-year stint with Stoke this summer.

"The Hammers are poised to benefit from Stoke’s demotion to the Championship and have been installed as the 2/1 favourites to reunite the Swiss playmaker with his former teammate Marco Arnautovic in attack at the London Stadium next season.

“Newcastle United are valued at 3/1 to become the winger’s next destination but a move abroad could also be on the cards for Shaqiri, with AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen both priced at 4/1 and 5/1 respectively.

"Meanwhile Arsenal and Everton are valued at 6/1 to swipe Stoke’s star man."

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