Thursday 27 November 2014

Man City and Newcastle lining up bids for Stoke's Ryan Shawcross

Marc Williams

Published 21/05/2014 | 13:16

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24:  Ryan Shawcross of Stoke celebrates scoring their second goal with Robert Huth and Jonathan Walters during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Crystal Palace at Britannia Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Ryan Shawcross of Stoke celebrates a goal last season

Premier League champions Manchester City are weighing up an offer for Stoke centre-back Ryan Shawcross, with Newcastle United also expressing interesting, according to reports.

Shawcross was voted as the club’s player-of-the-year for last season after another successful campaign, this time under new manager Mark Hughes.

The club do not want to sell the player but there is a reported fee of £12million for the 26-year-old, an offer that would be difficult for Stoke and Hughes to ignore.

No official bid has been made by either club as of yet.

City are looking to increase the amount of 'home-grown' players in their squad despite reports that they are preparing to sell a series of English players such as Micah Richards, Jack Rodwell, Gareth Barry, Scott Sinclair and Joleon Lescott.

Shawcross joined Stoke from Manchester United in 2008 and has since played nearly 250 league games for the club.

The defender played every minute of all but two games last season, scoring once and keeping nine clean sheets in the games he featured in.

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