They report that the Hammers are only likely to pursue one of the two midfielders, but claim that Hayden – who’s valued at £15-20m – has also attracted interest from Brighton and Aston Villa.
Shelvey scored a fine goal in our 4-0 thrashing of already relegated Fulham on the final day, in what seems likely to be his final appearance for the club – if Rafa stays that is.
It was his first start for Newcastle since as far back as February and although he has excellent passing ability, you get the sense he is not really a ‘Benitez player.’
His lack of work rate off the ball, coupled with the fact that he also doesn’t score enough goals or assists over the course of a full season means Rafa will view the England international as a way of raising funds this summer. As a boyhood West Ham fan, a move to the London Stadium makes sense for all parties – especially if the fee is around £15m.
The main reason Shelvey has been out of the side was initially the fine form of Longstaff before his injury but then subsequently, the brilliant performances of Isaac Hayden.
The Evening Chronicle report that Newcastle would insist on a replacement being signed for Hayden before any departure is sanctioned, after all, NUFC are reluctantly letting him go because of family reasons, not performances.
The former Arsenal man would command a similar fee to Shelvey, perhaps nearer the £20m mark with England reportedly tracking his progress. His attitude has been outstanding since being left out the side at the start of the season and leaves with the blessings of Newcastle fans.
Both players are in limbo until an announcement is made on the future of Benitez, as fans continue to wait for good news. The fact it is been allowed to reach this point is typical of Mike Ashley – things will have to come to a head one way or another, and soon.