It’s not the first time that Newcastle have been linked with Stoke City center-back and former Manchester United youngster Ryan Shawcross this summer, and there’s a story in the Mail today that PL Champions Manchester City and Newcastle are interested in signing the player.
Ryan Shawcross – Newcastle interested
Shawcross was Stoke City’s Player of the Season, so why would manager Mark Hughes ever want to sell his top center-back, especially when the club have just finished 9th top of the league.
That’s their best ever finish in the Premier League – in Mark Hughes’ first season, and they edged out Newcastle in the last game – when we lost again at Liverpool, and Stoke won at West Brom – who finished 4th bottom.
One possible advantage Newcastle would have over Manchester City in trying to get Shawcross, is that we could offer Ryan a regular place in the Newcastle back four, and after leaking another 59 goals last season and 65 goals the season before, we really need to bring in some new defenders this summer.
And Ryan is both English and has Premier League experience, which are two factors Alan Pardew has stressed to the Board, as to the type of players he wants brought in this summer, Ryan has played 284 times with 20 goals over the last seven seasons for Stoke, and he has one England cap,
Newcastle need to bring in another center-back this season to strengthen our woeful defense.
And if we can get one in early we may let either Steven Taylor or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa leave the club in the summer transfer window. And it would probably be the Frenchman, who hasn’t been able to get to grips with play in the Premier League for the last eighteen months.
The price for Shawcross is said to £12M, but we still think Stoke would turn that offer down, because Mark Hughes wants to build on the good season Stoke have just had, and bring more good players in – and not let his best player leave.
Something that another club did not do in January.