Stoke confident sealing deal for Man Utd's Shawcross

Stoke City are confident of winning the race for Manchester United defender Ryan Shawcross.

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Stoke have been in talks with both United and Shawcross over the past three weeks to hammer out a long-term deal for the highly-rated youngster.

And today, Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes revealed to the Sentinel: "Ryan's performances have made him a player in high demand. Not surprisingly, therefore, we are in competition for a number of other clubs for his signing.

"However, we are in an advanced stage of negotiations and remain hopeful we will be able to conclude a deal in the near future."

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