Manchester City keeping tabs on Stoke ace

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will move for Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross in the January transfer window according to the Daily Mail.

The 25 year old, who came through the ranks at Manchester United, is reportedly unhappy with the new contract offer that has been tabled for him and may look for a big money move next month.

With just 18 months left on his current deal, the England defender is attracting major interest from all of the big clubs in the Premier League including City, United and Chelsea

Tony Pulis is desperate to keep his star defender and with the Potters wandering quietly up the league table, a push for European football could entice the bruising centre half to stay at the Britannia Stadium.

Shawcross has been offered a contract renewal but the wage structure at Stoke could be an issue as their star man seeks a big money move to a major English club.