There was a report earlier today that Jonjo Shelvey was close to joining Besiktas. The report originated from Turkish outlet Spor Arena which was very sparse on details other than an agreement was close.
The Mail’s Craig Hope has refuted the claim while providing some positive news on Shelvey’s recovery from his calf injury. Hope tweeted the following this afternoon suggesting Jonjo’s rehabilitation is progressing faster than initially expected:
Jonjo Shelvey going nowhere this month from what I understand. Nearing return to fitness & should be back playing within a few weeks.
Shelvey’s return to action could coincide with Bruno Guimaraes’s return from his ankle injury. It appears he may even be available for the West Ham match to kick off the month of February.
Newcastle are desperately short of numbers in the midfield which has made adding another in this window a priority. While Shelvey may not be leaving this month, a decision on his future will have to be made soon.
The 30-year-old is a handful of starts away from triggering an extension with his current deal expiring in the summer. Newcastle will most likely not be offering him a new deal beyond 2024 with the likelihood they would entertain offers in the summer.
Howe may not want too much turnover this month with Chris Wood already sealing a move to Nottingham Forest. Though one would surmise Newcastle would be willing to listen to any offers for Shelvey if he was also willing to move on.
Howe has also received a boost with Elliot Anderson featuring in Newcastle’s recently released ‘Toon in training’ video. The local lad missed the Fulham match with a minor calf injury but looks ready to return to the bench tomorrow.