West Ham United are considering a move to sign Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey this month, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper reports on their website that Manuel Pellegrini would be keen to add Shelvey to his squad amid the midfield injuries that have occured, but recognises that the Magpies will not be willing to part ways with their 2016 signing too easily.
The report adds that United boss Rafa Benitez will only greenlight a sale for the 26-year-old – who is worth £20 million and has made a total of 182 Premier League appearances – if he is able to find a credible replacement, but the Hammers are keen to keep track of Shelvey’s situation.
Shelvey has won six caps for England and there were loud shouts to include him in last summer’s World Cup squad.
What a signing this would be if Pellegrini was actually able to pull it off. Signing Shelvey is not completely out of the picture at the moment as there is the possibility of West Ham putting pressure on Newcastle to sell him. However, the only way Benitez is going to green-light a sale is if he is able to find a suitable replacement. This seems harder than it looks, especially as Shelvey has been a pivotal figure for the club in recent seasons and has one of the best passing games in English football – but if he does manage it, then the Irons will be in a much stronger position to sign the midfielder. Nevertheless, if he did join forces, it remains to be seen where he will fit into Pellegrini’s plans. With Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble and Declan Rice all competing for the midfield places, competition will be fierce and it is likely Shelvey will not be guaranteed first team football all of the time if he joined. All in all, he would make a great addition – all they need to do is convince Newcastle to cash in on him.