Old Trafford side eye up Britannia Stadium centre-back.
Stoke City hoping new six-year deal for Ryan Shawcross will ward off Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur
Stoke City have offered Ryan Shawcross a new six-year contract in an attempt to prevent Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur making bids for the defender next year.
Stoke have stepped up negotiations after Shawcross was called up into Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland last month and further talks are expected within the next fortnight.
United sold Shawcross to Stoke for an initial £1 million in 2008 but still have a buy-back option which allows them first refusal if any rival clubs make a bid. Sir Alex Ferguson has made no secret of the fact that he regretted selling the former Old Trafford trainee and could move to bring him back in the summer, with doubts over the long-term fitness of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
Ryan Shawcross’s star is certainly on the rise and recognition at international level may well be leading to an offer from one of the Premier League big boys and therefore it makes good sense for Tony Pulis to move in and offer the 25 year old defender a brand spanking new contract.
However will such a move prevent the no nonsense defender from considering a return to Man United?
The Chester born defender spent six years at Man United but failed to make the grade, securing just two first team run-outs before his £1m move to Stoke City back in January 2008.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have been horrific in defence this term but still sit top of the Premier League table due to the fact that Man United’s attack have been able to adopt the policy of scoring more than they ship in, but clearly this is not an ideal situation to be in.
Injuries to Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Nemanja Vidic have left Man United having to use off form Rio Ferdinand alongside Jonny Evans and at times have even had to use Micheal Carrick as a makeshift centre-back. Therefore it’s no surprise that Ferguson would consider re-signing Shawcross.
Since his move to the Potters Ryan Shawcross has racked up 210 appearances and been a virtual ever present over the course of six seasons at Stoke City.
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