Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has made a personal scouting trip to watch Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri, according to The Daily Mirror.

The FC Basel speedster scored a hat-trick in-front of the watching Magpies chief, impressing with a fine all-round performance in the European Championship qualifying clash against Bulgaria.

Shaqiri has long been linked with a move to England, with Liverpool thought to be one of the club's chasing the player in the past year.

Former Reds boss Roy Hodgson was first linked with a move for the player last summer, and his Liverpool replacement Kenny Dalglish was also thought to be keen both in January and this summer.

Despite the transfer window closing last week, Newcastle are looking to gain the upper-hand in their pursuit of the player, with Pardew frustrated by a lack of success in the market last month.

The St. James' Park chief failed in his pursuit of a number of attacking players, predominantly strikers, but is hoping to gain backing from his board for a number of New Year moves.


Shaqiri has now emerged as one of the targets for the Newcastle United boss, although competition is likely to be fierce for the talented 19-year-old.

A handful of clubs across Europe were also keen on the Liverpool target in the off-season, and are likely to move again amidst speculation of a possible bid from Newcastle.

It's unclear if Liverpool will again look to bring the player to Anfield following their summer spending spree.

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