Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri is struggling for game time under Pep Guardiola at Bayern MunichReuters

Liverpool have missed out on January transfer window target Xherdan Shaqiri, with the Bayern Munich wantaway having completed a move to Inter Milan instead.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is a big admirer of the Switzerland international and was close to securing his services last summer.

However, Bayern Munich blocked a deal from occurring but, with Shaqiri ready to force his move away due to a lack of playing time, club president Franz Beckenbauer recently indicated the club would allow him to leave during the winter transfer window.

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini admitted earlier his club are likely to secure his services, while reports meanwhile claimed Liverpool have also renewed their efforts for the coveted star.

"Shaqiri is another option for us, but we don't know what will happen in the next month. We're looking for a player who can play both as a striker and winger, and Shaqiri plays both roles," Mancini said.

The player's agent and brother, Eddin Shaqiri, confirmed the Bayern player expected to have a decision over his future made soon.

He said: "Things could move fast now. On the other hand we have until Jan 31 to find a solution."

Shaqiri's move to Inter grew close after La Gazzetta dello Sport reported the player did not show up at Bayern Munich's training session on Thursday 8 January.

The Italian newspaper understands that even though Liverpool battled for his services, an offer of a loan deal with a view to a permanent move worth around £14m has made the deal a reality.

Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen also admitted their interest in signing the Switzerland international but it looks like the Potters will have to search elsewhere for a winger.

Bowen told the Stoke Sentinel: "He's definitely on the list, but there is competition for a player of his ability. There are other clubs interested, but it doesn't mean we rule ourselves out."