Newcastle United are ready to welcome a bidding war for midfield maestro Jonjo Shelvey in January in order to raise funds for the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Sun claim on their website that the likes of Premier League rivals West Ham and Crystal Palace are interested in the six-cap England international, as the trio of sides look to stave of the threat of relegation from the top flight.

While Shelvey has proven to be a key member of the Newcastle squad since arriving from Swansea back in 2016, there are said to be doubts over his discipline issues, having been sent off twice this season, and that has dropped him from first team stalwart to fighting for a role in the starting XI.

It is said that the Magpies are therefore readying the possibility of an “auction” for the 25-year-old, with both Palace and the Hammers said to rate him around the £10million mark.

Football Insider verdict

The January transfer window promises to be a tumultuous one for Newcastle fans, who will still be hoping that manager Rafael Benitez is backed by current owner Mike Ashley ahead of a potential takeover. However, if that is not the case, and the Spanish boss has to raise his own funds, then it will come down to offloading some of the current crop. While there is a lot of deadwood in the squad, Benitez will need to sell some of the big name stars to raise any real funds, and Shelvey’s actions and performances this season put him near the top of the list. Can the Magpies survive without the 25-year-old? Almost certainly, although they will still need some creative flair in midfield, plus strengthening a rival only further increases the threat of relegation.

In other Newcastle United news, a top figure has revealed some early team news for the club’s clash against Stoke City.

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