Newcastle United star Jonjo Shelvey has been linked with a move to boyhood club West Ham United.
West Ham are short of options due to an injury crisis which has ripped through Manuel Pellegrini’s squad.
The Hammers have the worst injury list in the Premier League.
Despite missing eight first team players, many for the rest of the season, Pellegrini has West Ham in 9th place and just a couple of points off the European places following a 1-0 win over Arsenal.
With Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini and Carlos Sanchez all injured the Hammers have been enquiring about Newcastle star Shelvey (Daily Mail).
Obiang out, Shelvey in?
There was even a suggestion recently Andy Carroll could be offered up in a swap deal (The Express).
Speculation is rife West Ham will Pedro Obiang to Fiorentina for £10million (Sky Sports). And that is expected to help fund the Shelvey deal after the Hammers splashed out £100million on players in the summer.
That is the kind of money Rafa Benitez and Newcastle fans can only dream about.
In the bottom three after defeat to Chelsea, the Magpies may now lose an influential midfielder.
Newcastle legend Micky Quinn told talkSPORT that the Shelvey situation frustrates him.
‘Something just not quite right’
“Jonjo is one of them frustrating players for me,” Quinn told talkSPORT Full Time Phone In on Saturday night.
“He’s got all the ability (but) his temperament has let him down at times.
“He should be playing regular football for Newcastle United with his ability but there’s something just not quite right.
“Whether it’s his attitude, whether it is his temperament that has stopped him being a top class player.
“(He’s) been to Liverpool, been to Swansea and he’s threatened to be (top drawer and) to get in that England squad at times because of his ability.
‘England need Shelvey’s ability’
“I mean I don’t think the England team had a player like him to pass a ball 30 yards, thread it through, over a defence or through the eye of a needle and he could have done that job if his temperament allowed him to and that’s what has held him back.”
Shelvey started his career in West Ham’s academy but left the club after his younger brother was not retained.
It would be a homecoming for the midfielder who comes from a family of West Ham fans.
Despite never having played for the Hammers, Shelvey is popular with the club’s fans after famously doing the West Ham salute to fans of arch rivals Millwall while playing for Blackpool.