According to reports in The Express, Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is moving closer to a £12m move to Premier League rivals West Ham United, and Magpies fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.
The Express claims that talks between the two clubs over a deal for the 25-year-old have progressed well, and a £12m transfer is likely to go through once the Tyneside outfit find a replacement for the former Swansea City and Liverpool man.
The report adds that Shelvey is the top midfield target for the Irons, who are level on points with the Toon and also just two above the relegation zone, this month even though he has been red-carded twice already for Rafa Benitez’s men this season.
Newcastle fans took to social media to have their say on the story, and while one simply said “announce relegation”, another said the situation is “worrying”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Have plenty of grievances about Shelvey as a player/person, but definitely against selling him given the situation. Shambles. #NUFC
— Rohan Banerjee (@RBanerjee23) January 9, 2018
— Rachel Wilson (@R93wWilson) January 9, 2018
If we sell Shelvey I’m done clubs going backwards makes no sense #nufc
— Ian Rickaby (@I4Nnufc) January 9, 2018
#nufc be a very bad decision to sell shelvey! regardless of his form atm hes our best player on his day and to a relagation rival is a joke!! not a chance we will find a player better to replace him.
— Dean Dodds (@doddsy1991) January 9, 2018
Let’s sell Jonjo Shelvey (our best player by a mile) to a relegation rival? Wow 😂😂 pathetic. #nufc
— Lewi (@lewiiwhite) January 9, 2018
If Jacob Murphy cost #NUFC 14mill, Jonjo Shelvey should be 25-30mill atleast.
Madness if we sell Jonjo.
— AbhijeetNUFC (@abhi_nufc) January 9, 2018
Doesn’t make sense. Technically he’s one of if not our best player. £12m is nothing these days. And selling to a fellow struggler? 🤔
— Liam Finnon (@LiamFinnon) January 9, 2018
IF the rumours are true and we are selling Shelvey to West Ham it’s a bad move surely the club and Rafa aren’t that naive to strengthen a rivals hand #nufc
— Toon army (@nufctoon_army) January 9, 2018
Selling Shelvey to West Ham would be bad enough but selling him for same price we bought him would be criminal! #nufc
— Highland Geordie. (@NUFC_Oscar86_) January 9, 2018
— Gazza (@Gazonca) January 9, 2018
These Shelvey rumours are worrying…#NUFC
— Burnsie 🎯⚽ NUFC ⚽🎯 (@BenArfaChance) January 8, 2018