Both players have now entered into the final 18 months of their contracts, although a deal to tie down midfielder Shelvey is rumoured to be in the pipeline.
Despite alleged interest from China, The People claim that Rafa Benitez’s side Dalian Yifang are NOT one of the sides interested in the pair.
The duo have been important players for Newcastle since arriving on Tyneside in 2016, playing a particularly key role during out promotion season, although Gayle has become a bit-part player recently.
He was loaned out to West Brom after being deemed surplus to requirements by Benitez last summer and has failed to start this season under Bruce, so it would not be surprising to see him move on if things don’t change.
Shelvey, however, has been impressive in recent weeks and has found himself back in the side on a more regular basis under Steve Bruce. Only a lucrative offer from Asia would see him be sold.
From a fan’s perspective, Newcastle should be looking to strengthen their front line before sending anyone through the exit door. Despite having a 7 point cushion from the drop zone after back to back wins, our lack of goals upfront could easily see us pulled into a dogfight before the season ends. Dwight Gayle should be kept at least until the end of the season, as his goals in a potential Championship side would be crucial to automatic promotion.
Shelvey is without a doubt our most talented midfielder on his day, and it is likely a replacement in the same mould would be costly. At 27, he is very much entering his prime years and judging off his recent performances, let’s hope he has finally turned a corner in a career that has been dogged by inconsistency and discipline issues.
It must be hard for players to not be tempted by a lucrative move to China, but not when they are in their prime years in their home country?