The Express have claimed that talks have opened between West Ham and Newcastle regarding a switch for midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to the London Stadium. It would seem surprising that the Magpies would sell a midfielder (not a department where they’re greatly stacked tbh) to their relegation rivals, but the Express claims that an £12m fee has been agreed.
While Shelvey’s talent is not under question, his temperament certainly is, but West Ham fans have seen their manager get the best out of a maverick talent in the form of Marko Arnautovic, who seemed like the flop signing of the summer under Slaven Bilic, but has emerged a new player since the arrival of the Scotsman.
West Ham are also reportedly interested in Anderlecht’s Dendoncker, but the 22 year old has other suitors as well (Man Utd were keeping tabs on him before opting for Matic), and Shelvey looks a more attainable target for the Hammers, with the Belgian expected to cost £20m upward. Shelvey was also a boyhood West Ham supporter, which makes him a more natural fit for the Irons.
Other Hammers targets include Arsenal’s Mohamed ElNeny and Francis Coquelin, Stoke’s Joe Allen and Watford’s Etienne Capoue, all clear indicates that Moyes does not have much faith in the midfield resources available at his disposal.
However Shelvey’s departure almost certainly means Benitez will sign a replacement, and the names of Davy Klaassen and Stefano Sturaro are among those being linked to a switch to St.James Park