According to ExWHUemployee, Newcastle duo Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey are still on West Ham’s radar.
Central midfield is clearly an area where the Hammers want to improve this month.
Both of those players would be incredible acquisitions for the Hammers.
But reliable insider ExWHUemployee claimed that West Ham might be setting their sights slightly lower, with Hayden and Shelvey still targets, when speaking on the West Ham Way podcast last night (Tuesday, January 6th):
“Hayden of Newcastle and Jonjo Shelvey are still on the radar, but no bids officially.”
Both Shelvey and Hayden are decent Premier League players. But links with the Newcastle pair won’t get Hammers fans too excited.
The Harold Hill-born 27-year-old is a central midfield play-maker, whilst the former Arsenal man, 24, is more of a deep-lying, defensive midfielder.
So it could be argued that West Ham actually need Hayden more than they do Shelvey.
Hammers fans would still prefer to see either Berge or Fernandes arrive at the London Stadium, however.
If West Ham truly want to reach the next level, this month’s transfer window could be pivotal. Bringing in the likes of Shelvey or Hayden would seem like somewhat of a backwards step, or a sideways one at the very least.
Berge and/or Fernandes absolutely must be the priority.
But it would be no surprise to see the Hammers go for cheaper options like the Newcastle midfielders.