Sam Allardyce shares reason why Sunderland didn't target Newcastle signing Jonjo Shelvey

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Sam Allardyce claims he would've targeted Jonjo Shelvey, but didn't need a new midfielder.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has told the Daily Mail that he would've targeted Jonjo Shelvey - but he didn't need a new midfielder.

The Black Cats have added three players so far during this month's transfer window, with goalkeeper Steve Harper, defender Jan Kirchhoff and forward Dame N'Doye all arriving at the Stadium of Light.

However, manager Allardyce may still be on the lookout for more new signings, and he has been commenting on one of Newcastle's recent signings.

The Magpies are also in a relegation fight alongside Sunderland, and they splashed the cash to sign midfielder Jonjo Shelvey from Premier League rivals Swansea City.

The 23-year-old playmaker has impressed in his two games for Newcastle so far, and looks set to play a key role in Steve McClaren's fight against relegation, whilst he will also be hoping to break back into the England squad ahead of Euro 2016.

Now, Allardyce has told the Daily Mail that he isn't sure just why Swansea would sell Shelvey to a relegation rival in Newcastle, and would prefer him to not be playing for Sunderland's North East rivals.

Allardyce also added that he would've been interested in signing Shelvey, but claims the reason why Sunderland didn't move for him is because he thinks the Black Cats don't need to sign another midfielder.

"It appears they let Jonjo Shelvey go because, for some reason, they said he was disruptive, I don’t know why or how," said Allardyce. "I didn’t need a midfield player like Jonjo going up the road. If I’d have needed a midfield player I would have liked Jonjo Shelvey, but I didn’t need one," he added.

Would Shelvey have been a good signing for Sunderland?

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