Report shares why Rafa Benitez could let Jonjo Shelvey join West Ham

Newcastle United manager \ head coach Rafael Benitez during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United at Vitality Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Bournemouth,...

West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini reportedly wants to sign Jonjo Shelvey from Newcastle United.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28:Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez (L) speaks with Jonjo Shelvey (R)  during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United...

According to a report from The Northern Echo, Rafa Benitez has concerns about Jonjo Shelvey's work-rate and that may see the Newcastle boss allow the midfielder to join West Ham in the summer.

The Northern Echo reports that Manuel Pellegrini views Shelvey as a potential long-term partner for Declan Rice in the middle of the park at the London Stadium.


It has been a frustrating campaign for Shelvey. The 27-year-old has started just eight Premier League games this term, while he has only been brought off the bench on five occasions.

The Northern Echo reports that Benitez staying at St James' Park is likely to pave the way for a move to take place, and West Ham are confident that they will be able to complete a deal.

Jonjo Shelvey looks to pass the ball during the Newcastle United Warm Weather Training Session at La Finca Golf Resort on February 14, 2019 in Callosa de Segura, Spain.

The report suggests that Benitez has his doubts about Shelvey's work-rate and is not sure that the former Liverpool man is buying into the team ethic.

With Benitez's concerns and Pellegrini's interest, it appears that a move could really suit all parties this summer. Newcastle's transfer kitty should receive a significant boost, while the Hammers would be landing a player who has a lot of quality if the best can be brought out of him.

Of course, once Shelvey is up and running for the Hammers, one manager will inevitably appear to have got the better end of the deal if a move takes place. But it appears that both Benitez and Pellegrini will be very satisfied if something can be agreed in the summer.

Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham United during training at Rush Green on March 14, 2019 in Romford, England.

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