Date: 14th July 2011 at 12:00pm
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Good afternoon to you.

According those terribly nice people at Itasportpress we are in for a chap by the name of Xherdan Shaqiri.

This young man © Ray Wilkins is a Swiss International and to use more footballing parlance he is said to be on the radars of Lazio, Liverpool, Rome, Palermo, Aston Villa and Fiorentina.

The FC Basel player told Sky Sports: “I’m a really special player. Very creative in my approach to the game and I like to take risks.

“Of course, I like to score: I have to score. But I also like to help my team-mates, so everybody else can score.”

Here’s a clip of him in action. Lots of running about and walloping of the ball. That sort of thing. If you don’t like football and Venezualan Death Metal is more your bag, then this video could still be for you.

Benitez was a fan of the player and prior to him getting the heave ho at Anfield a £2M bid was mooted. So his stock is either nicely on the rise or we’re getting the old Three Card Monte pulled on us. That’s something you see less often these days. In fact the last time I saw it was up from Burger King on Leicester Square. And they were Albanian. As is Shaqiri.

Of course what would be quite good is sign him and then get various sections of the crowd to shout ‘Dan. Dan. Dan!’ ala Partridge at him. Just me on that one? Ah well…

On a more serious note I have spent the bulk of this morning looking for my glasses. If anyone either spots them or knows what the flip I did with them – do get in touch.