West Ham United look set to miss out in their long-standing attempts to bring Jonjo Shelvey home.
West Ham have been keen to bring Shelvey back to the club where he started his career as a young academy prospect.
Shelvey left the Hammers as a kid when West Ham released his brother.
West Ham have longstanding Shelvey interest
And he has gone on to enjoy a career in the heart of midfield for clubs such as Charlton, Liverpool, Swansea and now Newcastle.
The Sun reported last year that West Ham had lined up a deal for the midfielder for last summer.
Shelvey then admitted at the start of this season that he came close to joining his boyhood club but Newcastle pulled the rug on the deal (Chronicle Live).
‘I was close to West Ham move’
“I was close to leaving to go to West Ham but it never came – the club said no to it,” the Romford-born star told Chronicle Live.
In January reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee claimed Shelvey was still on the club’s radar.
But any hopes of a homecoming have been all but extinguished after Shelvey signed a new three-year deal with Newcastle on Friday (Newcastle official website).
New deal puts paid to Hammers interest
Shelvey signed the new deal alongside Magpies teammate Matt Ritchie.
It will keep the midfield lynchpin at St James’s Park until 2023 by which time he will be 31.
West Ham must now focus on securing survival. That will then trigger a permanent deal for January loan signing Tomas Soucek, who has been hugely impressive since joining David Moyes’s side.