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Introducing: The January signing to replace Shelvey, Tom Cairney

Introducing: The January signing to replace Shelvey, Tom Cairney

Newcastle United currently find themselves in the relegation zone after a rather disappointing run of results, with only one win in their last six Premier League matches. 

The Magpies will need to seek immediate improvements this month if they are to stand any chance of avoiding relegation in the current campaign, as the teams around them are all looking to strengthen.

Sadly, one problem that the Tyneside club currently face is a battle to hold onto one of their star players, as Jonjo Shelvey is reportedly (as per the Express) the subject of a £10 million bid from West Ham United.

Therefore, with Shelvey potentially departing at some point this month, the Magpies will need to find a direct replacement almost immediately to avoid harming their survival bid.

West Ham United are reportedly plotting a new bid for Shelvey after having a £10 million offer knocked back.

The Englishman has been one of the standout performers for the Magpies over the past couple of seasons or so, along with putting in a number of world-class performances in the current campaign. But, with the Magpies struggling and interest filtering in from the Hammers, perhaps he will decide to move away this month.

One player who could easily match the midfielder’s efforts is Fulham’s Tom Cairney. The Scotland international has been linked with a move to St James’ Park on a number of occasions over the past couple of years, but nothing has developed as the Cottagers now sit in the Premier League.

Of course, the 27-year-old won’t come cheap as one of Fulham’s prized assets, but he would be well worth the money if Mike Ashley decides to launch an ambitious swoop for the midfielder.

Cairney was outstanding during the Cottagers’ promotion-winning campaign last time out as he managed to produce six goals and five assists, as well as 13 goals and 12 assists in the previous campaign. He hasn’t quite managed to hit the height in the Premier League just yet, but this can be put down to the lack of service and a drop in playing time.

Interestingly, Cairney has captained the London club over the past few seasons, including the current campaign, so he has the leadership skills that Shelvey provides at this moment in time. And, with the ability to create, score goals and pick out a pass from midfield areas, he could definitely establish himself as St James’ Park’s new hero.

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