Three reasons Newcastle United are right to target Ryan Shawcross

According to reports in The Independent, Newcastle United are targeting a summer move for Stoke City centre-back Ryan Shawcross if they secure promotion back to the Premier League.

Currently 10 points clear of third-placed Huddersfield Town with the Terriers having just six Championship matches of the season remaining to overturn that deficit, Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is already starting to make plans for next term in the top flight.

While Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark have formed a strong partnership at the heart of the United defence during the current campaign, the Spanish boss is keen to bring in a more experienced centre-back at the end of the season and has made Shawcross one of his priority signings.

Even though the 29-year-old is the Potters’ captain and has made 29 Premier League appearances this term, his contract is due to run out next summer and he has yet to be offered a new one.

This news has given the north-east outfit encouragement that they could lure him to St James’ Park.

Here are three reasons Benitez is right to be targeting a move for Shawcross…