Report: West Ham to reignite cut-price swoop for PL pass master after done deal
West Ham are set to reignite interest in Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey as they eye up a cut-price deal following the Magpies’ signing of Kenedy, according to a report.
The Sun claim on their website that the Hammers believe Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez will be willing to let the English pass master depart for a lower price than previously after it was announced the 21-year-old Chelsea winger had arrived on loan at St James’ Park for the rest of the season.
It is said that David Moyes will look to revisit a move for the 25-year-old after being rebuffed in an approach earlier in the January window, with the Magpies said to have turned him away due to a lack of squad depth.
The six-time England international has made 19 appearances across all competitions for Newcastle this season, but has also sat five games out as a result of suspension, with two red cards to his name.
Football Insider verdict
Moyes’ hopes of snapping up Shelvey may be based on Kenedy’s arrival, but if that is the case then the Scottish manager is barking up the wrong tree. The Brazilian is an out-and-out winger and will not be expected to operate in the centre of the park, so why the Hammers believe Benitez would sell Shelvey is questionable. Still, it suggests that Moyes still has not given up on securing the playmaker’s signing this month, and it could be that there is a late swoop to snap him up. Will the Magpies sell up? It seems highly unlikely that they would offload a key member of the first team squad, let alone to a relegation rival, so despite West Ham’s efforts, this could be a non-starter.
In other West Ham news, the club have been handed a double blow of long term injuries.