An interesting name has been put forward on Wednesday afternoon, with Ryan Shawcross claimed to be Newcastle’s number one transfer target of promoted.
The 29 year old central defender has only a year to run on his contract and Rafa Benitez allegedly sees him as the man to build a Premier League defence around.
Ciaran Clark is indisputably Newcastle’s best current defender and a possible Shawcross/Clark combination would be an interesting proposition.
The Independent report that Rafa will make his move this summer once promotion is confirmed.
No new contract offer has been made and with Ryan Shawcross turning 30 in October, maybe Stoke will see it as being the time to cash in on a player who has given them 10 years great service – but who they might not want to give a new three or four year massive contract to.
This is exactly the type of potential transfer where you could see Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley not seeing eye to eye on.
The Manager seeing an experienced and ready-made Captain who could be a big asset in helping Newcastle adjust to life/survive in the top tier again.
Whilst on the other hand, the NUFC owner will no doubt see a player who will turn 30 two months into the season and with no probable resale value, would still cost probably at least £10m and would expect to be on top Premier League level wages.
Newcastle were linked with Ryan Shawcross ahead of summer 2014 but nothing came of it, as Mike Ashley refused to look at established Premier League players and instead went for ‘bargains’ overseas.
Newcastle supporters will no doubt be hoping for exciting signings at the front end of the team if promoted – but the defence is certainly also desperately needing extra quality.
Ryan Shawcross has often been linked with the teams at the top but never made the move. I must admit I can’t help thinking that there is little difference between Shawcross and Gary Cahill, apart from the fact that the latter moved on to Chelsea and as result becomes an England regular, whereas the Stoke player has only had 16 minutes in a friendly.
Only missing a couple of games through injury, Ryan Shawcross is still first choice for Mark Hughes and has played 29 times in the Premier League this season.
If/when promotion is secured, it will be interesting to see exactly who Rafa Benitez targets.