Report: Manchester United to launch £12m bid for Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross

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 United reportedly consider a £12m move for Stoke City captain and former academy graduate Ryan Shawcross as they seek defensive reinforcements.

Manchester United will launch a £12m bid to bring Ryan Shawcross back to Old Trafford, reports suggest.

Louis van Gaal will enter the January market with right-backs and central defenders on his shopping list, and Stoke captain Shawcross is thought to be under serious consideration.

The 27-year-old left United six years ago in search of first-team football, something he has found with the Potters having been a regular ever since their promotion to the Premier League.

According to the Daily Star, Van Gaal's top target is Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, but he would demand a higher transfer fee than the £12m United believe would be enough to land Shawcross.

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring his goal with Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard (L) during the English Premier League football match between Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool at Loftus Road in London on Oc
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