According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United are considering making a move for Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in this January transfer window.
Shelvey has struggled with fitness concerns this season, but when available for selection he is a key figure in Rafa Benitez’s side. The 26-year-old’s vision, invention and passing range make him one of the Magpies’ primary creative outlets.
However, the 6-cap England international’s form has been patchy of late and some of his own work has been let down by the profligacy and wastefulness of the Newcastle attackers ahead of him.
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A move away from St James’ Park could help reinvigorate the former Liverpool man, but it would be quite the task for the Hammers to prise him away from the Tyneside club. Whilst Shelvey only has a Transfermarkt valuation of £13.5 million, his importance to Newcastle makes it likely that they would demand a much higher fee.
Manuel Pellegrini would have to think very hard before parting with the kind of cash it would take to bring Shelvey to the London Stadium this month.
The Newcastle man would be too expensive to qualify as a viable stop-gap solution, but he also lacks the quality to take West Ham to the next level.
In order to add the midfield depth he needs, Pellegrini ought to either opt for a more affordable short-term solution or show more ambition by going for a top class star who will take the club forward. A move for Shelvey would serve only to keep the Hammers where they currently are.