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Stoke deny Ryan Shawcross transfer rumours

Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross playing against Newcastle United in April Credit: PA

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes says there has been no contact between the Potters and other clubs regarding skipper Ryan Shawcross - and that the Staffordshire outfit do not need to sell their best players.

Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, he said:

It comes as no surprise to me what I have read about Ryan. I don't know if there is any truth in it, but certainly we have had no contact.

Players like him and Begovic, just to name a couple, will attract attention. That's part and parcel of being a successful football team.

That's the way it's always going to be. It's one of the prices of doing well, but it doesn't mean you necessarily have to do business with them.

We've been going through our situation for next year, our budgets, what is available in terms of buying players and players' wages and we are not in a position where we need to sell.

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Joy for Stoke as Adam stuns Manchester United

Charlie Adam delighted Stoke fans with two strikes, one either side of half time, to sink Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium.

Charlie Adam celebrates scoring the winner for Stoke Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

The Scottish midfielder had got things going in the 38th minute, after his free-kick was deflected in by Michael Carrick and David De Gea could only stand and watch.

Robin Van Persie had levelled the score for United Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Juan Mata threatened for the visitors throughout and he set up Robin Van Persie to score the equaliser, two minutes after the restart, after a mistake by Marc Wilson in the Potters' backline. The Dutch marksman finished with aplomb.

Mark Hughes will be delighted to gain a scalp over his old side Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

But Stoke rallied and a stunning strike from Adam was enough to beat the defending Premier League Champions and earn Mark Hughes three points against his old side.

Kenwyne Jones fined after refusing to play against Liverpool

Kenwyne Jones will miss the club's next match Credit: PA

Stoke City's Kenwyne Jones has been fined after refusing to play against Liverpool.

Jones was missing from the Potters' matchday squad when they were beaten 5-3 at the Britannia Stadium in the league on Sunday.

It was subsequently reported that the 29-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international - rumoured to be a transfer target of Everton - had sent a text message to Hughes on the night before to say he was unavailable for selection and, as a result, had been fined the equivalent of two weeks' wages.

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