West Ham are most likely to sign Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in the summer transfer window, according to a report.
Football Whispers claims that Shelvey, 26, has a strong chance of quitting St James’ Park over the coming months after the Mirror reported in January that Rafa Benitez would consider offloading the midfielder to the Hammers in order to boost his transfer budget.
The Newcastle Chronicle has reported that Shelvey is Newcastle’s highest-earner, pocketing £80,000-a-week on his deal.
He has been one of the Magpies’ best players this term, appearing 28 times in all competitions and scoring two goals.
Football Whispers, which gathers all transfer rumours across the globe and calculates the likelihood of them happening, rates it 3.3 out of 5 that Shelvey will join the London club, with five the highest possible ranking and meaning it is a certainty.
Football Insider verdict
Shelvey would be a brilliant signing for West Ham. He had a shaky start to the season with a few disciplinary issues, but since the turn of the year it seems that he is sticking to his New Year’s resolution and he is yet to go off the tracks, playing a major role in helping Newcastle up the table and obliterate any talk of a potential relegation. Shelvey should be one of the midfielders considered to go to the World Cup in the summer and Newcastle must try their best to keep hold of him. However Mike Ashley may not give Benitez the funds to improve the squad and that means Shelvey could be sold.
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