Fergie and Hodgson need to find ‘ridiculous money’ to sign former Red Devil

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Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has ruled out letting centre-back Ryan Shawcross leave for anything short of ‘ridiculous money’.

The 23-year-old has impressed for Stoke since being made club captain and has been linked with moves to some bigger teams in the Barclays Premier League.

Liverpool, who are looking to bolster their defence, and Manchester Unioted, who are looking for more quality in their back up to Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, have both been linked with Shawcross this week.

Sir Alex Ferguson has recently admitted though that he will not be bringing anyone to Old Trafford in the January transfer window, seemingly ruling out a bid anyway.

However, after seeing bottom side West Ham tear apart his second choice centre back pairing of Jonny Evans, who reports say may not play for the Red Devils again, and Chris Smalling he may be in the market for Shawcross in the summer.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have been boosted by the recent good form by Sotiris Kyrgiakos and Martin Skrtel but, with Daniel Agger in demand elsewhere, they may need to bring another defender to Anfield soon.

Tottenham and Italian side Juventus have also been rumoured to be tracking Shawcross but nothing has come of their interest yet.

In addition, Stoke are not in need to sell their prized asset and neither Roy Hodgson nor Sir Alex are likely to part with the asking price.

Pulis told Sky Sports News: “We are under no pressure to sell and Ryan is somebody the chairman will not contemplate leaving.

"Ryan could not be happier here and we've also got him on a very good long-term contract.

"Obviously if we were offered ridiculous money, then any club would have to look at it. But we've had no offers as yet and wouldn't welcome any.

"We see Ryan as a major part of our future. He's only progressed since coming here and is now the club captain."

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