Liverpool fans are on Twitter repeatedly refreshing Paul Joyce’s timeline, following the revelation by the respected Simon Hughes that something big could happen imminently.
“Liverpool’s summer transfer programme accelerated on Wednesday, with the probability of at least one target being secured inside the next 24 hours increasing dramatically,” he wrote in the Independent last night.
The two names he claims that are most likely to sign are Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri or Lyon’s Nabil Fekir.
Jurgen Klopp wants both to bolster our offensive midfield options, but we’d suggest a deal for Shaqiri will be easiest to get over the line considering he has a £12m release-clause, which became active when the Potters were relegated.
The 26-year-old would naturally jump at the chance to join Klopp’s red revolution – and we reckon he’ll benefit hugely from playing alongside more talented team-mates. After all, registering seven assists in the Premier League this season just gone, with the likes of Sadio Berahino and Mame Biram Diouf ahead of him, is no mean feat!
Obviously, Fekir is the more glamorous, exciting target, but we’ve got to first agree a fee with Lyon for his services.
If we can do this in seven days’ time, before the World Cup starts, all the better.