Newcastle United may be comfortable in the 13th place in the points table but manager Rafa Benitez will want to break into the top half of the table, come the end of the season. So it does not come as a surprise that they are not ready to let go of one of their most important player in the side in Jonjo Shelvey. The former Liverpool man has been a transfer target for West Ham United for more than a few months but reports today suggest that the Magpies will not sanction his sale, at least in this transfer window.
This has left the Hammers in a bit of a pickle, with the new manager David Moyes, desperately searching for alternatives. It is not going to be easy to find the experience and quality of Shelvey this month but here are three players he should look to sign:
William Carvalho (Sporting CP):
The Portuguese midfielder was a transfer target for the Hammers even in the summer but the then manager Slaven Bilic failed to lure him to England. It is suggested that West Ham are still interested in his services and that the Portuguese outfit might be ready to sell this time around. His experience in Europe will be a huge coup for the English outfit, who will, however, have to play a handsome amount for his services.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United):
The former Everton midfielder is currently struggling with an injury at Old Trafford but even if he is back to full fitness, he will not be able to get into the first team anytime soon. Having made a name for himself under David Moyes, at Goodison Park, in the past, Fellaini can easily be tempted with this reunion and can add a presence in the midfield that West Ham have seriously missed this season. He may not be the best option available but will come for a decent price and could be a game changer for the Hammers, for the rest of the season.
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal):
The English midfielder has finally been offered a new contract at the Emirates but it is unclear whether he is going to sign it anytime soon. He has been a regular in the first team in the last few games but is still not a player who can lead Arsenal to glory. He has not been able to prove himself in the top fight at the Emirates and might be tempted to shift clubs in the city, to get his confidence back. He is out of a contract at the end of the season and Arsenal could be forced to sell before the deadline day, which will make him an easy catch for the Hammers.
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