Stoke City director of football John Rudge says the club will not be looking to sell one of their centre backs this summer.

The Potters are in the market for a player in the position following the exit of Abdoulaye Faye this summer, with highly-rated Birmingham City defender Scott Dann one of the players on the radar.

Reports on This is Staffordshire claim the recently quoted £12 million figure is incorrect with regards to Stoke's interest and valuation of the player, although Rudge isn't expecting much activity at St Andrew's in the coming weeks following Alex McLeish's departure.

"There might be things happening at Birmingham now that they have gone down, but things are up in the air until they bring in a new manager. I don't think a great deal will be sorted out until that happens."

Club captain Ryan Shawcross and former Chelsea defender Robert Huth formed a formidable partnership at the back for Tony Pulis and his side last season, and Rudge believes the pairing has plenty more to offer the Potters next season.


"They are both good lads and good players, so you would be reluctant to do anything with them because they can be the future of this football club. They are also a decent age, so there's no way you would want to lose them," the 66-year-old continued.

"We are looking for another defender as that is an area we feel we need to strengthen at the moment."

"It's nothing to do with Ryan or Robert leaving, it's because Abdoulaye Faye has left the club."

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