Liverpool plan to sell Christian Poulsen to help fund a bid for Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross.

The Reds are expected to make a £10 million offer for the centre-half in the coming days, it falls well short of Stoke's valuation.

The Potters are under no pressure to sell, though with Matthew Upson, Robert Huth and Jonathan Woodgate now on the books, cashing in on Shawcross cannot be ruled out.

Liverpool hope to sell Poulsen to assist in funding a bid that will convince Stoke to seriously consider parting with the former Manchester United defender.

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