Gary Rowett reportedly wants pay-rise for West Ham target Ryan Shawcross

Andy Carroll of West Ham United speaks to referee Michael Oliver after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Stoke City at London Stadium on April 16, 2018 in London,...

West Ham United reportedly want Ryan Shawcross from Stoke City in the summer transfer window.

Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City is closed down by Danny Ings of Liverpool  during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

West Ham United may be interested in Ryan Shawcross, but it seems that Stoke City are determined to keep hold of the central defender.

According to The Daily Mail (Transfer Live blog, 12:08pm, June 6, 2018), West Ham have shown interest in signing Shawcross from Stoke in the summer transfer window.

The 30-year-old centre-back is a very experienced player, while the Hammers need to a replacement for James Collins, who is leaving the London club this summer.

Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City looks dejected after the Premier League match between Stoke City and Burnley at Bet365 Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Stoke, though, are reported to be determined to keep hold of the former Manchester United prospect.

According to The Daily Star, new Stoke manager Gary Rowett wants to offer Shawcross a pay-rise, with the centre-back reported to having taken a huge pay-cut on his £50,000-a-week salary following the Potters’ relegation to the Championship.

Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City tackles Son-Heung Min of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at Bet365 Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Stoke...

Good decision from Stoke City?

For Stoke to bounce straight back to the Premier League, the Potters need to keep hold of their best players.

Shawcross is a very good defender who knows the Premier League inside out, and he would be a good signing for West Ham, who need players like him to progress and fulfil their ambition.

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