HYS: Should Newcastle sign Ryan Shawcross?

Newcastle may not have mathematically secured their promotion to the Premier League just yet but it appears Rafa Benitez is already eyeing up some potential additions for the summer.

Rock-solid defences have often been an important part of the Benitez philosophy and although the Magpies have conceded the joint-fewest goals of any Championship side this term, question marks linger over their current centre-back options – Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles, Grant Hanley and Chancel Mbemba – who have all featured but struggled to convince in recent weeks.

According to The Independent, the Toon gaffer is already eyeing a potential upgrade in the form of Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross; a real old-school centre-back famed for his gritty, physical and aggressive style of defending.

With a year remaining on his Potters contract, Shawcross could certainly be whisked away this summer, and aged 29, the former Manchester United youngster should have a few good seasons still left in the tank.

But is he the signing to ensure Newcastle’s top-flight survival? Would you back a summer swoop for Shawcross? Let us know by voting below!