Liverpool look set to make an offer for Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross after Tony Pulis declared his interest in Mauricio Victorino, according to the Metro.

The Uruguayan international is keen on a move to the Premier League but it leaves the door open for Shawcross to move on.

The former Manchester United defender has been linked with a move to Anfield for some time now but Tottenham and his former employers could throw a spanner in the works.

Liverpool, though, have moved into pole position even though a centre back is not one of Roy Hodgson’s priorities right now.

But the Liverpool boss will be hoping he can sign the 23-year-old for a knockdown price in January and will be hoping Pulis brings Victorino to the Britannia Stadium.

New Liverpool owners NESV are willing to bring one ‘world class player’ to Anfield in January but have urged Hodgson to be wise in his dealings in the transfer market.

And a move for the young defender could be a clever move for Liverpool and would certainly improve Shawcross’ chances of gaining an England call up.

Sir Alex Ferguson could make a move to re-sign his former academy starlet, though, and a moved to Old Trafford could be too hard to resist for Shawcross.

Spurs would be a long shot, with a settled central pairing of William Gallas and Younes Kaboul, with Ledley King and Sebastien Bassong in reserve.

However, Harry Redknapp will be aware of the need to bolster his White Hart Lane squad if they are to make a sustained challenge in the Champions League for the foreseeable future.

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