Liverpool want Bayern Munich star who was looked at by Newcastle while a Fiorentina ace could be heading to Manchester City

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LIVERPOOL are eyeing a Swiss star while Manchester City hope to tie up a striker deal, according to reports today

The Premier League big boys are stepping up their transfer bids with just a few weeks left before the new season starts.

Liverpool are bracing themselves for Real Madrid to finally make a formal bid for striker Luis Suarez, 26, this week. If, as reported, it will be Gonzalo Higuain, 25, plus £10m, they will reject it and hold out for £40m cash.

But Caughtoffisde claim Liverpool are ready to use Suarez in their pursuit of Bayern Munich’s Swiss youngster Xherdan Shaqiri.

Twenty-one-year-old attacker Shaqiri was linked with a move to Newcastle United last summer.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are on the verge of sealing the £28m signing of Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, 23, with a move for Sevilla forward Alvaro Negredo, 27, looking increasingly unlikely.

However, the Daily Star reports that City look set to have to up their bid if they want to secure the services of Negredo.

Other transfer stories:

Striker Christian Benteke, 22, wants Spurs to step up their pursuit of him - because he doesn’t want to go back to Aston Villa this week. Full Story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea have been left frustrated after Napoli forward Edinson Cavani, 26, passed his medical ahead of his proposed switch to Paris St-Germain. Full Story: Daily Express

Villarreal have made an 11th-hour move to hijack Napoli’s bid for QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar, 33. Full Story: talkSPORT

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has conceded that any deal to sign Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, 25, could be too expensive. Full Story: Goal.com

Roma boss Rudi Garcia has pleaded with the club’s board to prevent Chelsea from signing midfielder Daniele De Rossi, 29. Full Story: Metro