Spurs step up chase for Shawcross

Tottenham are reportedly ready to step up their bid to sign Stoke

defender Ryan Shawcross – and will offer Sebastien Bassong as a

makeweight.

Harry Redknapp is a long-term admirer of Shawcross and now, after running out of patience with Bassong, he is ready to firm up his interest, according to the Daily Star Sunday.

Stoke are keen to keep Shawcross at the Britannia Stadium and the 23-year-old himself has recently declared himself happy at the club after they made it into the Europa League.

However, the Potters skipper has also admitted his desire to break back into the England set-up, something he would have a greater chance of doing at White Hart Lane.

The newspaper claims Spurs will offer Stoke cash as well as Bassong, while the north Londoners have a number of other players the Potters have previously been credited with an interest in should Tony Pulis be tempted by a deal.

The likes of Wilson Palacios, Jermaine Jenas and Peter Crouch are among those Harry Redknapp is willing to let leave this summer.

Stoke were also linked with Liverpool midfielder Christian Poulsen and Bari forward Erik Huseklepp on Sunday.