Newcastle United have been linked with literally hundreds of transfer ‘targets’ in the past two months but now Ryan Shawcross has popped up again as a possibility.

Back in April, there were claims that Newcastle had lined up the Stoke Captain with Rafa Beniez wanting to make Ryan Shawcross the leader of his defence and potentially new captain.

At the time, the ongoing speculation brought responses from both Stoke boss Mark Hughes and the player himself.

Shawcross turns 30 in October and has only one year left on his contract, which helped prompt claims that Stoke wouldn’t be prepared to offer a massive new contract and it would/could lead to club and player parting company.

Mark Hughes said this back in April about Ryan Shawcross:

“We’re looking to sit down and re-contract him, along with others.

“That would make sense for everybody.

“Talk of a move (to Newcastle) is pure speculation.”

Despite claims by Hughes that contract talks were imminent with the club captain, two and a half months later Stoke have confirmed that nothing has happened as yet.

Chief Executive Tony Scholes talking to the Stoke Sentinel:

“There’s nothing really to say on Ryan…

“Nothing to say apart from he’s been a great player for the club, he’s been here a number of years now, been a huge part of what the club has achieved over the years and we hope that will remain the case for many years to come.

“When you’ve got important players, you want to do something sooner rather than later – but that is a very simple statement about what can be a very complicated and long process.”

The lack of contract talks has come at the same time as claims that Stoke are looking at younger alternatives to build the defence around with supposed interest in Ben Gibson and Jeison Murillo.

Back in April Ryan Shawcross was very relaxed about the whole situation, which is no surprise when he holds all the aces. A proven Premier League centre-back with only a year left on his contract, who at 29 should still have a good five or six years at the top level considering the position he plays.

When asked about the claimed NUFC interest he replied with a laugh:“I’m not going to Newcastle… at the moment.”

There have been no further signings since Atsu straight after the season ended but Newcastle have been linked with countless players, especially centre-backs.

For the past four weeks the Magpies have allegedly been ‘getting closer’ to signing Florian Lejeune but despite what looks a relatively simple deal (he has a 10m euros buyout clause), still nothing has happened.

This raises the possibility of Newcastle potentially holding off on Lejeune as they maybe wait to see if they can land a more experienced, solid looking, signing such as Ryan Shawcross.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Shawcross like`s to boot players all over the shop, having said that the guys a good central defender & i`d rather go for him than another French Duck Egg.
    the problem will be wages as Shawcross will command a much larger salary & we all know what that means !

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Still no mention of a striker or indeed a No 10
    Tick Tock, Tick Tock

    • 1957

      Those two positions are the real priority, unless of course this will be the season SloMo comes good…I won’t hold my breath in anticipation

  • Paul Patterson

    £10m should sort it.

    • 1957

      Even if it were more he’d be better value than Lejeune for me. PL experience or 26 yo and only 40 odd games at the top level, its a no-brainer.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Only signed one player in Atsu which is what they had to do at that stage,if they wanted him,due to the terms of the loan deal. I suspect that next week we’ll see some movement in the transfer market as it is the start of the new financial year. If there’s no movement in the first couple of weeks of July then I think we’re goosed and Ashley has suckered us again. He’s sold all the season tickets and the Premier league money will be in the pot so why would he be worried? I hope the second case scenario is rubbish,but you’re never sure with Ashley.

  • Cuh736

    “who at 29 should still have a good five or six years at the top level considering the position he plays.”

    Please! In two years everyone will be whining about his ‘lack of pace’