Ryan Shawcross has been at Stoke 10 years
Rafa Benitez wants to sign the Stoke star to bolster his defence in the Premier League.
Ladbrokes have reacted by making the Magpies 5/4 to complete a deal with Brighton next in the betting at 3/1.
There’s 5/1 on offer for the 29-year-old to reunite with former Potters boss Tony Pulis at West Brom, while Leicester are 8s to secure his signature. Watford (10/1) and Hull (12/1) round off the betting.
Ladbrokes spokesman Dave Burin said: “Rafa looks ready to add some steel to the Magpies squad this summer, and snapping up Stoke’s defensive dynamo would be a Shaw-fire way to do just that.”
Newcastle are favourites to sign Ryan Shawcross
Rafa Benitez looks ready to add some steel to the Magpies squad this summer
A Ladbrokes spokesman
Benitez is desperate to overhaul his Toon squad in the summer and has identified Shawcross as a potential option.
Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles have been playing at centre-back but Benitez is said to want more top-level experience.
Shawcross, who has been with the Potters 10 years, is a Stoke regular but the club have yet to extend his contract.
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His current deal runs out at the end of next season.
Newcastle are on the brink of promotion back to the Prem after last year’s relegation.
They sit second with five games to go and are 10 points clear of third-placed Huddersfield.
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