Man City boss Mancini urged to move for Stoke defender Shawcross

Manchester City are eyeing Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross.

Manchester City are eyeing Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross.

The Sunday Mirror says Roberto Mancini has been urged by a Manchester City insider to sign Stoke City centre-back Ryan Shawcross.

The Italian manager has drawn up a list of potential targets to reinforce his depleted defensive options.

However, a City insider believes the club need a no-nonsense defender for the long haul and reckons Manchester United discard Shawcross, 22, fits the bill.

The insider said: “We’ve been linked with several players, but we should be looking for somebody who can defend and get his head on the ball.

“Ryan Shawcross is that type of player.”