Newcastle United have received an approach for Jonjo Shelvey from an unnamed Premier League rival, sources have told TEAMtalk.
The 28-year-old midfielder signed a new three-year deal last year, but injuries have hampered him to just 10 starts this season.
Shelvey’s form has been anything but his best, but that has not stopped him attracting interest.
Sources have confirmed to us that Newcastle are considering their options over his prospective sale. Steve Bruce’s side have been looking for a new ‘box to box midfielder’ – and that was before the enquiry was fielded for Shelvey which is believed to have been this month.
Shelvey is settled in the North-East having arrived from Swansea in 2016. Under the terms of his new contract, he still has over two years left to run.
However, it remains to be seen if the England midfielder will push for a move. We understand he has been made aware of the interest and is currently thinking things through.
The Magpies saw efforts to land Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare fail over the summer. While he looks to be beyond their price range, he is typical of the type of midfielder Bruce wants to bring in.
Bruce sends message to doubters
Bruce faces a difficult reality at Newcastle with transfer funds tight and frustration from fans at their current plight.
The Magpies have not win since December 12 against West Brom, Monday’s 3-0 defeat at Arsenal made it seven defeats in nine games.
“We had a bad week and some of the mass hysteria was, in my opinion, unjust and unfair. A lot of it was not right,” Bruce said. “I’m probably going to say that but it’s my opinion.
“All the fans are like we are, we have to accept where we are. It is as pretty straightforward as that.
“My remit is to make sure we stay and remain a Premier League outfit. That is what I will try to achieve. That is where we have been for the last three or four years.
“Of course, for Newcastle, in a lot of people’s eyes, that isn’t going to be enough. But that is where we are at the moment. We have to accept it and keep, as I have said many times, trying to move it forward.”