One of Newcastle’s top targets this summer – Ryan Shawcross has rejected a new contract offer to stay at Stoke City when his contract ends next year.
If Stoke cannot get their captain to sign a new deal before the summer, it is very likely he will be sold and we have to hope that Shawcross wants to join Rafa Benitez and Newcastle this summer.
The alternative for Stoke is they could lose Ryan for nothing next year so they will want to cash in on him this summer.
Ryan Shawcross – Stoke City captain
Shawcross is just what Newcastle need – a big commanding center-back who has massive Premier League experience gained over the last nine seasons at Stoke and he is an excellent leader on and off the field too.
The news is that Newcastle are now in the driver’s seat to sign this excellent defender and that has to be good news with Leicester, West Ham and Brighton the other two clubs said to be interested.
Newcastle need to seal promotion back to the Premier League asap so we can start bidding for players like Shawcross.
Ryan Shawcross has played lots of games over the last nine seasons at Stoke and in total he’s made 377 appearances for the Potters with 23 goals in that time.
He joined Stoke in 2007 from Manchester United when he was just 19.
This lad would really be a great signing for us and help shore up our defense, which has looked a little dodgy too many times this season.