West Ham have suffered a blow in pursuit of midfield target Jonjo Shelvey, according to reports. The Mirror reports that Newcastle United are not willing to sell Shelvey this January.

The Hammers were hoping to bring Shelvey in to boost their midfield options but Newcastle have blocked that potential switch.

Fulham were also pondering the option of a swap between Shelvey and Tom Cairney but Newcastle have told Shelvey he is not leaving this month.

Newcastle need Jonjo Shelvey

Newcastle United are in a relegation battle. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Shelvey has played 11 games this season in the Premier League, starting eight of those. The central midfielder is a key part of Rafa Benitez’s side and he is not for sale this month.

The Magpies are struggling at the moment and they sit in 18th place in the Premier League. Benitez wants his strongest squad available, especially considering funds for new transfers are unlikely to be made available this month.

 

Shelvey is currently receiving treatment for an injury in Barcelona but Benitez sees him as part of his plans for their survival bid.

Jonjo Shelvey: West Ham’s midfield target

Jonjo Shelvey is seen as a potential replacement for Fiorentina target Pedro Obiang. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United)

West Ham were hoping to sign Shelvey this month to address their central midfield problems. Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini and Carlos Sanchez are injured, leaving West Ham with limited options.

And Pedro Obiang could leave, meaning West Ham would need to sign a new midfielder. The London Evening Standard reports that Shelvey is the main target if Obiang completes a £10m move to Fiorentina.

Shelvey has played 182 Premier League games in his career, scoring 13 goals and providing 21 assists. The 26-year-old has also earned six caps for England in his career.

The local boy, who was born in Romford, was a boyhood Hammers fan and he spent time with the academy as a schoolkid.

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