Pulis dismisses Shawcross talk

Stoke boss dismisses Shawcross speculation, while does not rule out Collins

Pulis: Dismissed Shawcross speculation

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Stoke boss Tony Pulis has dismissed speculation linking defender Ryan Shawcross with a switch away from the Britannia.

The former Manchester United player has been linked with a number of clubs, including Liverpool and a possible return to the Red Devils.

Shawcross himself has ruled out this speculation, as has Pulis, who told Sky Sports News that the 21-year-old has done brilliantly for the club.

"He's our player, we are absolutely delighted that we've got a player of his immense talent at such a young age as well," said Pulis.

"But he has got a long, long way to go to fulfil all his potential and the important thing for Ryan is that he keeps his feet on the ground and keeps working as hard as he works out on the training ground because if he does that he'll continue to improve."

Denied

Pulis denied he had received any approaches for Shawcross, saying 'no not at all'. But he added the closer the end of the transfer window gets 'there'll be more speculation than ever'.

He added: "Again, if Liverpool had rung me up or Manchester United had rung me up I won't be telling you at all, so irrespective of what you ask me, I'll do my business the way I think it should be done and that's from manager to manager, club to club and if that happens then I'll sit down and talk to you."

Asked about speculation linking Stoke with James Collins of West Ham, he replied: "Well we've been linked with everybody - if you turn the telly on, we're supposed to be chasing every Tom, Dock and Harry.

"Again, as I say, we'll try and do our deals through football clubs."

But when pressed, he added: "There's loads of players I'm interested in."