Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has insisted that the only way in which West Ham will be allowed to make a move for Jonjo Shelvey is if the Magpies are able to secure a suitable replacement in the January transfer window.
The midfielder has found himself on the periphery of Benitez's plans this season having accumulated two red cards following a string of ill-disciplined appearances which are a stark contrast to the devastating form he is capable of producing.
25-year-old Shelvey has been linked to a £12m move to West Ham and has been placed alongside striker
Despite the continuous speculation, Benitez remained coy and played down the rumours of Shelvey's exit as when asked if he would sell the midfielder without a replacement he said, via the Newcastle Chronicle:
Jonjo Shelvey fits the mold of a West Ham player. Technically sound, hard as nails, and a proper dose of bastardry. Between him and Marko, we will always be at risk of a red. And that gets my juices going baby. WOOOOOOOOOO #whufc— Seth E Stratton (@ses0stratton) January 1, 2018
"Even if they are not happy, they still have to keep working and try to give them best for this team."
West Ham boss