As per a report from the Express, Newcastle United have rejected an offer from Premier League rivals West Ham for midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.
Shelvey, 26, has been on Newcastle’s books since the summer of 2016, when the Magpies splashed out a fee of around £12 million to secure his arrival from Swansea City.
The 6-time capped English international subsequently went on to play a crucial role in the club’s return to the Premier League during his debut campaign at St. James’ Park, racking up 5 goals and 8 assists across 42 league appearances.
And Shelvey proved an integral member of Rafael Benitez’s squad last season, too.
However, to this point in the current campaign, the Charlton youth product has majorly struggled for playing time. A thigh injury picked up at the beginning of November has seen Shelvey manage just 125 minutes of playing time since.
All told, the powerful midfielder has racked up just 8 league starts thus far this season.
West Ham interest
Despite his recent fitness struggles, though, one club eager to coax Shelvey away from St. James’ this month are West Ham United.
Hammers’ midfielder Pedro Obiang is expected to seal a return to Serie A with Fiorentina imminently.
As such, with Jack Wilshere also continuing to struggle with injury, West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini will no doubt be keen on January midfield reinforcements at the London Stadium.
And Shelvey, with his guile and Premier League experience, seemingly tops the Irons’ wishlist.
As per the aforementioned report from the Express, West Ham have already seen a £10 million bid for the 26-year-old rejected by Newcastle.
However, the capital outfit are readying an improved offer for Shelvey, which is expected to be forthcoming imminently.