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Stoke City could face Shawcross scrap as Premier League giants circle

Is Ryan Shawcross coming to the end of his Stoke City days?

Having only been given playing time in the League Cup whilst at Manchester United, the defender joined the Potters on loan in August 2007. It didn’t take him long to impress at his temporary club, and the transfer was made permanent for just £2million when the window reopened in January.

Shawcross has grown into one of the best central defenders in the Premier League, with his uncompromising style winning him many admirers. Although he has yet to be capped at full international level for England, this appears to be just a matter of time having been included in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

Whilst this has undoubtedly made Stoke manager Tony Pulis a proud man, despite him being Welsh, it could lead to problems in ten weeks’ time when the winter window swings open. Because according to Sky Sports, at least three of the Premier League big-guns could bid for the 25-year-old player.

It is believed that London giants Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on the Stoke captain, as are his former employers from Old Trafford. And with Shawcross about to enter the final 18 months of his contract, Pulis would perhaps be wise to try and persuade his skipper to sign a fresh deal.

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