Jonjo Shelvey will do his best over the remaining 7 league games to get his starting place back in the Newcastle side.
That’s now a lot more possible with 21-year-old Sean Longstaff out injured – the local lad has been outstanding for Newcastle since he came into the side in December.
There was news in January that West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini was keen on taking Jonjo back to London, but approaches for him were rebuffed by Newcastle.
But it looks like West Ham will try to sign him again this summer with a report today in the Northern Echo.
The report is that the Hammers remain very interested in signing Shelvey this summer and a transfer fee of £20M had previously been mentioned.
Pellegrini will be receiving significant transfer funds to strengthen the West Ham team this summer, and maybe he could bid even more (than £20M) for the Newcastle central midfielder?
The West Ham owners are keen to make West Ham a top 10 club.
Jonjo Shelvey in action against Liverpool last season in the 1-1 draw
A lot could depend on how Jonjo does for the next 7 games with Diame and Ki also pushing for a starting place in central midfield alongside Isaac Hayden, who has been outstanding since December.
By the way – Isaac turns 24 tomorrow.
Shelvey’s last first-team start was in the 1-0 win over Watford in early November – our first win of the season.
But Jonjo has been bothered since then by a thigh injury which has finally cleared up.
Jonjo doesn’t want to leave Newcastle, and it will also depend on whether Rafa can keep both Isaac Hayden and Mo Diame at the club.
Hayden wants to be closer to his family in the south-west, and Mo Diame wants a two-year deal to stay on Tyneside when his contract runs out in the summer.
If we lose Hayden and Diame this summer, it’s hard to see Rafa letting Shelvey leave the club.
But Rafa could use the £20M he could get for Shelvey to further strengthen the Newcastle side in areas he things need strengthening.
What do you think?