Loads of Newcastle fans have been giving their verdict on their midfield options, after reports claimed West Ham are preparing a surprisingly big bid for Jonjo Shelvey.
According to The Evening Chronicle, Rafael Benitez is seeking assurances that Shelvey will be replaced if he is sold this summer.
The report claims the Hammers are ready to reignite their interest in the Newcastle pass-master with a whopping £20m swoop, even going so far as to say the offer is already “on the table”.
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While the report says the Magpies have not made a decision on Shelvey’s future yet, it seems likely that the 27 year-old will depart with impressive youngster Sean Longstaff taking over his role in the team.
Fans have plenty to say about the situation though, not least because two other midfielders could be on their way out of Tyneside as well.
Mo Diame will be out of contract if the club do not trigger his extension, and Isaac Hayden is likely to try and leave again as the midfielder seeks a club closer to his family.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below, where loads of fans are debating what is fast becoming the biggest issue of Newcastle’s summer window…
I wouldn’t sell him. Shelves could be key to Almiron having an amazing season next season. We need these two in same team
— mark allan ternent (@Mr_MAT25) March 26, 2019
As long as Rafa stays & gets that full £20m to spend on replacememt i say sell him. Great player but mentally & Physically not quite right is he? Longstaff is a starter for me next season get in someone like Loftus cheek in alongside & we won’t miss JS #nufc
— Chris Currie (@Wig82) March 26, 2019
Essentially this is why Diame SHOULD be offered new deal and Shelvey SHOULDN’T be sold.
Sell Hayden. Buy another defensive/box to box type player.
Keep the rest. #NUFC
— The Geordie Boot Boy #NUFC (@BootGeordie) March 26, 2019
If I’m going to be quite honest, I’d rather lose Diame over Hayden. The former isn’t young anymore and won’t improve.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) March 26, 2019
Need to keep our best players and Shelvey is one of them.
— Scott Denholm (@scotty8431) March 26, 2019
Be bitter sweet to lose Shelvey. On his day he’s one of the best passers in the league, but defensively he’s poor
— Steve McKenna (@SteveMcKenna_) March 26, 2019
Don’t care 1 bit about diame or hayden. Would keep shelvey even as back up but for 20m I’d probably sell him!
— Frank Drebin (@FrankDr42855441) March 26, 2019
Think we could probably get Danny Drinkwater for that much so I’d take the deal
— Darth Titchmarsh (@Badgerdoom) March 26, 2019