Paul Robinson has urged Jonjo Shelvey to stay at Newcastle United this summer despite interest from West Ham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England number one claimed the 28-year-old should stay at St. James’ Park and be part of a club that is going in the “right direction”.
Football Insider understands the Hammers are keen to reignite their long-standing interest in the English midfielder this summer.
Shelvey signed a new contract in March, along with teammate Matt Ritchie, that ties him down at St. James’ Park until June 2023.
However, Newcastle players’ futures are uncertain with a takeover expected to be announced in the coming weeks and manager Steve Bruce likely to be replaced.
When asked by Football Insider if the former Liverpool player should consider a switch to the London Stadium, Robinson said: “I think it could be a great time to be part of things at Newcastle. He should at least give himself the opportunity to be part of things.
“West Ham’s future is far from sealed at the moment. If the league is to be restarted they have got a real perilous set of fixtures.
“If they were to be relegated then it is a different proposition for Jonjo Shelvey.
“Does he want to be part of a Newcastle that are heading in the right direction if the takeover was to happen or does he want to end up in the Championship with West Ham?
“It will be very dependent on the end of the season.”
David Moyes’s side, who are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference, have the likes of Manchester United, Spurs, Wolves and Chelsea to play this season.
Shelvey has scored five goals in 20 appearances for the Magpies in all competitions this season.
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