There’s a report in the Daily Mail today that Newcastle are interested in taking Stoke City center-back Ryan Shawcross to Tyneside this summer.
Ryan Shawcross - good player but he’d be fairly expensive
Certainly if Coloccini moves back to Buenos Aries this summer to be with his family, Newcastle will need another center-back, and we have to think Newcastle know now what the outcome will be with Colo.
And it may be time for local lad Steven Taylor to move on, and that’s more for his own good, with Steven now being the fourth choice center-back this season.
So maybe Newcastle are after center-backs this summer, and since Alan Pardew has said he wants more English players in the squad, we suppose Ryan Shawcross could be a real target – maybe.
The 26 year-old 6’3″ right-footed defender was born in Chester and joined the Manchester United Academy when he was 15, and finally joined Stoke City on loan in August 2007 when he was 19, and signed for them permanently in the following January.
He cost Stoke £1M initially and £2M eventually, after Ryan had played a number of first team games, and he is an accomplished center-back who has 276 appearances for Stoke with 20 goals – and he made two senior appearances for Manchester United.
Ryan is the captain at Stoke, so he does have some leadership skills, and Newcastle need players like that this summer, and his contract runs out in the summer of 2018 so his transfer fee could be fairly large.
The Englishman wouldn’t come cheap and we have to wonder if Mike Ashley would sanction a move that could cost him around £8M, which is what the player is valued at on transfermarkt.com – he’d probably cost more than that.
Ryan is a decent player, and has vast experience in the Premier League and is still only 26 – so he ticks a lot of the boxes.
But we wonder two things – one is if Ashley will pay out the fee is would take to get him on Tyneside, and secondly – Stoke City will hardly be willing to let their captain and one of the best players leave the club this summer.
What do you think?