Tony Pulis has insisted that Stoke are under no pressure to sell captain Ryan Shawcross, amid interest from Liverpool.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is in the market for a new centre-back before the transfer deadline at end of August and has also been linked with Birmingham’s Scott Dann and Bolton’s Gary Cahill.
Speculation regarding Shawcross’ future intensified, after Potters boss Pulis seemingly signed covering options in Jonathan Woodgate and Matthew Upson.
According to several reports last week, Liverpool had a £10m player-plus-cash offer rejected for the former Man United defender with the Reds offering Christian Poulsen as part the deal.
But ahead of Thursday’s Europa League play-off at Swiss side FC Thun, the Stoke manager insists he has no intention of selling and only wants to add to his squad.
“We have got no need to sell Ryan,” Pulis said in the Daily Mail. “We want to spend money if we can.
“I think the chairman and the board have made it quite clear that their intentions are to try to improve the squad this year.
“We are very pleased with the defenders we’ve got, now we have to improve our midfield and forward line.”