Newcastle United £15m move for Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross – latest news on star’s contract situation

Ryan Shawcross
Ryan Shawcross

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.

Mark Hughes:

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.”