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West Ham ready to increase £10m bid for Jonjo Shelvey - report
WATFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United (08) controls the ball during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Newcastle United at Vicarage Road on December 29, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United)

West Ham ready to increase £10m bid for Jonjo Shelvey - report

West Ham are readying a new and improved bid for Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, according to The Express.

Newcastle have turned down a £10m bid from West Ham for Shelvey as they are intent on keeping their midfielder for their relegation battle.

West Ham are not prepared to give up easily, though, and are set to return with a higher bid.

The need for a new central midfielder

Ex-Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang looks set to leave West Ham this month and return to Italy. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

West Ham could be chasing a new central midfielder soon, should Pedro Obiang complete his exit this month.

According to Sky in Italy – as reported by Sky Sports News – Obiang is set to complete a £10m move to Fiorentina.

The 26-year-old wants to return to Italy having spent three-and-a-half seasons with West Ham.

The Equatorial Guinea international has racked up 105 appearances for the Hammers – including 17 this season – but could be on his way out.

With Carlos Sanchez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere all injured, West Ham are light in this department if Obiang departs.

Shelvey could be brought in to compete with Declan Rice and Mark Noble for the starting spots.

Who is Jonjo Shelvey?

Jonjo Shelvey has played 12 games for Newcastle United this season. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Shelvey is known as a ball-playing central midfielder with plenty of natural talent.

Charlton Athletic academy graduate Shelvey left the Addicks for Liverpool in 2010 and played 69 times for the club before his move to Swansea City.

After three years with Swansea, Shelvey moved to Newcastle in January 2016, where he has been ever since.

The six cap England international has played well over 300 times in his career and he is still relatively young, which appeals to West Ham.

Shelvey was born in Romford, supported West Ham as a boy and even spent some time in West Ham’s academy. The 26-year-old could therefore be tempted back to East London if West Ham and Newcastle agree a fee.