Newcastle United’s central midfield player Jonjo Shelvey should stay after the prospective takeover in the North East despite interest from West Ham United, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider.
The outlet understands that the Hammers are keen to reignite their long-standing interest in the English midfielder this summer.
Shelvey signed a new contract in March, along with teammate Matt Ritchie, that ties him down at St. James’ Park until June 2023.
However, the futures of players at the Tyneside club are uncertain with a proposed takeover expected to be announced in the coming weeks and manager Steve Bruce likely to be replaced.
Would you keep Shelvey at Newcastle after the takeover?
When asked by Football Insider if the former Liverpool player should consider a switch to the London Stadium, Robinson said:
“I think it could be a great time to be part of things at Newcastle. He should at least give himself the opportunity to be part of things.
“West Ham’s future is far from sealed at the moment. If the league is to be restarted they have got a real perilous set of fixtures. If they were to be relegated then it is a different proposition for Jonjo Shelvey.
“Does he want to be part of a Newcastle that are heading in the right direction if the takeover was to happen or does he want to end up in the Championship with West Ham?
“It will be very dependent on the end of the season.”
Indeed, the former Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and England goalkeeper believes that great times are ahead for the Magpies with the deal between the Saudi-led consortium and Mike Ashley looming.
In addition, West Ham sit on 27 points in the Premier League table at the moment, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference with nine games left to play, as per the BBC.
As Robinson touches upon, the Hammers could well be relegated by the end of the season meaning that Shelvey could possibly be moving to the EFL Championship rather than staying at a potentially wealthy NUFC if he were to entertain a move to the London Stadium.
The 28-year old has scored five goals in 20 appearances in all competitions so far this campaign and will be looking to impress if the new owners move into the Toon.
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