Manchester City line up £12m Ryan Shawcross move?

Stoke's Ryan Shawcross is congratulated by team mates after scoring his team's second goal against Crystal Palace on August 24, 2013
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Manchester City reportedly line up a £12m offer for Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross.

Manchester City are reportedly weighing up a £12m move for Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross.

The Blues will be a man short in the central-defensive area once Joleon Lescott departs this summer, and the Potters man has emerged as a potential target for the Premier League champions.

Shawcross, who was voted as Stoke's Player of the Season, is also attracting the interest of Newcastle United, according to The Mirror.

It is believed that Stoke boss Mark Hughes is reluctant to lose the 26-year-old, but a big-money offer from either club could see chairman Peter Coates agree to offload the defender.

Andy Wilkinson of Stoke City and Saido Berahino of West Brom battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and West Brom on October 19, 2013
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