Magpies ace Jonjo Shelvey spoke exclusively to Sky Sports, and admitted that he would have only joined West Ham if Newcastle wanted to sell him.
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The Hammers were keen to sign the 28-year-old in January 2018, according to a report from Sky Sports.
But the former Liverpool, Charlton and Swansea City ace ended up staying at St James’ Park. And he has now established himself as a key component of Steve Bruce’s setup at Newcastle.
Shelvey joined the Toon from the Swans in January 2016 for around £12 million (BBC).
The talented midfielder has gone on to rack up 13 goals and 19 assists in 131 games for Newcastle (Transfermarkt).
Shelvey settled at Newcastle
And he really seems to have found his niche in the north-east.
Things could have been very different for the 28-year-old, however, had he joined West Ham – the club he supported as a boy, two years ago.
The Newcastle man told Sky Sports how he felt after a move back home to east London didn’t work out:
“I didn’t really have an opinion on it. I was under contract at Newcastle and it was just a matter of what would be would be. If they wanted to move me on or sell me, then that was their choice. But I was more than happy to stay. I never once thought about leaving. Obviously, I grew up as a West Ham fan and I’ve got a place back home right next to their training ground. It would have been an easier choice, in that sense, but I’ve always been away from home. It’s sort of become the norm.”
Shelvey would have been a decent addition for the Hammers. David Moyes could do with a player like the Newcastle ace in the middle of the park.
The Magpies star would have been the ideal long-term replacement for Mark Noble.
But as things stand, it seems as though the 28-year-old is set for a long-term stay at St James’ Park.