Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has moved to dampen ‘speculation’ linking Ryan Shawcross with a big-money move to Newcastle United,
Reports suggest that the £15million-rated defender has emerged as a target for Rafa Benitez this summer, should the Magpies clinch promotion back to the Premier League.
Shawcross only has one year left on his Stoke contract, and the Newcastle boss is understood to be an admirer of the no-nonsense centre-half.
But City chief Hughes says the club will be offering the one-cap England international a new deal in the summer.
“We’re looking to sit down and re-contract him, along with others,” said Hughes. “That would make sense for everybody.
“Talk of a move is pure speculation.”