The West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern are desperate to see some quality added to their central midfield ranks this month. They say that Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate have been in and out of form, while Mark Noble has spent time out injured. And a fourth player is needed to add competition for places in the West Ham squad.
Recent rumours have linked the Hammers with a move for Jonjo Shelvey for £12m. This is a move which suits all parties.
Firstly, it is a great move for Jonjo Shelvey. He seems unsettled at Newcastle and perhaps a move to the Hammers could help sort him out. As a boy, Shelvey supported the Hammers and grew up in East London and he also spent some time in the Hammers’ academy before joining Charlton Athletic. A return to his hometown seems to be the 25-year-old’s preference this window.
West Ham are also getting a good deal here. In the current market, £12m is an absolute snip given Shelvey’s experience in the top flight and the fact that he is still only 25. With 159 appearances and a tally of 12 goals and 17 assists to his name, Shelvey has the experience and also has his best years ahead of him. Moreover, his passing ability is much better than Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang. This trio are better at tackling and running while Shelvey offers something different.
And Newcastle also get a good deal. Shelvey can be replaced and Mike Ashley will not sanction any spending unless someone is sold. With £12m coming in for the 6-cap England international, Newcastle can improve their current options and move up the league table.