Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez should block reported interest in midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.
According to the Sun, Fulham are interested in signing the 26-year-old ahead of the January transfer window and are even prepared to offer ex-Newcastle target Tom Cairney as part of a swap deal.
It is understood that Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri wants to add deep-lying midfielder Shelvey to his squad at Craven Cottage and is willing to include a Scotland international as part of the deal.
The report does detail that Benitez may be reluctant to sell Shelvey in January due to Ki Sung-Yueng’s absence to the Asian Cup, while Cairney is seen as a more advanced midfielder.
Shelvey has had a frustrating season at St James’ Park this season where he’s failed to his his usual level and he’s currently sidelined with a thigh injury.
The English pass master has proven in the past though he can pivotal under Benitez and has been a good signing since his £12million (BBC) arrival in 2016 from Swansea City.
It would make little sense to offload Shelvey when he’s in his peak years and only last season many were tipping him for a recall to England’s senior team.
Cairney is an interesting option for Newcastle that they should pursue in January given Ranieri clearly doesn’t favour him and he would provide some extra creativity in the midfield area.