West Ham United are ready to reignite their interest in Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey during the summer transfer window, according to a report from the Chronicle.
The Hammers planned a move for the six-capped England international during the January transfer window, but the move failed to materialise, as the Magpies decided against selling him.
However, the 27-year-old has been down the pecking order for a while at St James’ Park, and with Rafa Benitez thought to be on the look out for another central midfielder, West Ham could finally land their man in the summer.
The Chronicle also suggest that a £20million offer is on the table for Shelvey, and he will surely welcome the Hammers’ interest in him, having only made eight starts and five appearances from bench for Newcastle in the Premier League this season.
With Benitez allegedly planning for a busy summer, the chances are high that the former Liverpool midfielder could be shown the exit door.
Shelvey can play in a wide range of positions – either as a central midfielder, in the number 10 role or as a holding midfielder, and he would undoubtedly be a useful addition for West Ham.
Should West Ham return again for Shelvey in the summer, the Magpies will surely accept an offer of around £20m, as this would provide Benitez with further funds to strengthen his squad.