Stoke City believe they can sign Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan this summer.

Stoke have long been interested in Shaqiri, and the Italian giants have reportedly accepted a €17 million bid from Mark Hughes' side.

Hower, Potters' assistant manager Mark Bowen said they are still trying to finalize a deal, but will only wait so long.

"We are still waiting. We are hopeful and still waiting, it's as simple as that," Bowen told The Sentinel.

"We know the qualities he's got and maybe in January we got excited for a few days thinking we could bring that kind of player to Stoke. It didn't happen then, but maybe it will happen now.

"He left Basel, went to Munich, and two-and-a-half years later he leaves there to go to Inter. Now it's only six months later. Maybe he's thinking whether he wants to move again or put down roots and stay in one place.

"That will be at the back of his mind, so you have to give a player like him the time.

"You can push, push, push, but there is a balance between doing that and giving him the time to make the right decision for himself. They have to want to sign."