Newcastle United star Jonjo Shelvey is keen on securing a transfer move down south as fellow Premier League side West Ham ready a loan-to-buy swoop for the midfielder, according to a report.
The London Evening Standard claim on their website that the Hammers are looking to bolster their midfield, with the club set to follow up on their initial interest in the 25-year-old and try to prise him from the Magpies on an initial loan, with an option to buy him outright at the end of the temporary move.
It is said that midfield maestro Shelvey, born in Greater London, would be happy to move back down to the south of England, which will hand the east London side a boost in their pursuit.
The Magpies’ pass master has endured a difficult campaign this season, having found himself in and out of the starting XI during his 16 league appearances for the club.
He scored his first goal of the campaign, and his sixth in his 79 outings for Newcastle, during the 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Football Insider verdict
While Shelvey has found it difficult to hold down a place in the first team as a result of his disciplinary issues, he still plays a crucial role to Newcastle’s style of play. His passing ability and vision have been vital skills in securing the Magpies some vital points, and without him in the side they look bereft of ideas. West Ham are Newcastle’s rivals for relegation and so handing him over, even on loan, would be strengthening the Hammers’ survival hopes, edging the north east club closer to the drop. Still, an outright sale does not seem out the question, as Rafael Benitez looks to build funds, and Shelvey is a valuable asset with his experience.
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