It’s hardly surprising that Stoke City are set to offer their captain Ryan Shawcross a new long term deal in an effort to fend off Newcastle United’s interest in the player this summer.
We have been linked with a number of good center-backs of late including Hull City’s Harry Maguire, Celtic’s impressive 22 year-old Croatian Jozo Simunovic and even Werner Bremen’s Italian defender Luca Caldirola.
So it’s not clear which one Rafa Benitez will go after, although he may want to bring two center-backs in this summer.
The report is in the Telegraph and Ryan Shawcross has been at the Potters for ten years since joining them as a 19 year-old back in 2007 from Manchester United.
Ryan Shawcross – could stay at Stoke?
Shawcross has just one year left on his contract and we’ll have to wait and see if the 6ft 3ins defender will accept the new deal or want to try pastures anew.
Like joining Rafa’s revolution on Tyneside, where the manager who has won three European trophies with three different clubs and ow wants to make Newcastle United into a top club in Europe and start to win some trophies for a change.
The next step will be whether Ryan accepts the deal and if he does then good luck to him and Newcastle will need to looks at other candidates.
There are reports he’s very settled at Stoke with a young family.
But most Geordie fans agree that Ryan would be a perfect acquisition for Newcastle because of his vast Premier League experience in addition to his excellent leadership capabilities.
What do you think?
Health update – I’m off to have blood tests at the hospital now and if all is OK I’ll have my second chemotherapy infusion tomorrow afternoon in an attempt to limit the spread of the prostate cancer.
The following 5 days could be very challenging – also I’m now 60% bald – getting near the Alan Shearer look.
But in very high spirits like most Geordie fans these days.
🙂 🙂 🙂