Report: £20m West Ham target Jonjo Shelvey holds emergency talks with Newcastle

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at London Stadium on December 9, 2017 in London, England.

West Ham United target Jonjo Shelvey has not started a Premier League game for Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United since November.

Palace player Wwilfried Zaha looks on as Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle looks to play a pass during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on...

Newcastle United’s forgotten man Jonjo Shelvey has held emergency talks with Rafa Benitez as he continues to be overlooked at St James’ Park, as reported by the Sun (16 April, page 59).

Shelvey was one of Newcastle’s most impressive performers last season, his eye-catching displays encouraging some to suggest that he was worthy of a place in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad.

 

But the former Liverpool ace has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Ki Sung-Yeung and the emergence of Sean Longstaff, failing to start a Premier League game since November.

And The Sun reports that he knocked on Benitez’s door ahead of Friday’s 1-0 win away at Leicester to demand an answer about why he is being left out – and the exchange was far from jovial.

Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United (08)  arrives for the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United at Vitality Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Bournemouth, United...

The report claims that Benitez told Shelvey that he wasn’t being picked because he is not fit enough with the 27-year-old pointing out that he can’t be expected to be match ready if he is being left on the bench on a weekly basis.

The one-time Charlton starlet is expected to leave Newcastle this summer with West Ham United at the front of the queue. And Newcastle should be laughing if they get a reported £20 million for a player who is clearly not part of Benitez’s plans.

Jonjo Shelvey puts his hands on his head during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on March 22, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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