West Ham are trying to buy Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey for £12million, according to reports.
David Moyes has earned a January transfer window war chest after guiding the Hammers away from the relegation zone.
And the 25-year-old former Liverpool midfielder is high on his agenda – according to the Express – as Moyes tried to put his stamp on the London Stadium side.
The master passer is on a chunky £80,000-a-week contract at Newcastle but that can be matched by West Ham.
Shelvey has endured a tough season after getting a red card on the opening day of the season and another on December 13.
But his technical ability to unlock defences with his passing is never in doubt, if his aggression can be handled correctly.
Moyes is also looking at Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin, with Arsene Wenger admitting he could leave the Gunners this month.
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Watford’s Etienne Capoue and Stoke’s Joe Allen are also targets as Moyes aims to rebuild his engine room.
The ex-Manchester United boss wants more balls in midfield after being disappointed by the courage shown by his team in the -0-0 FA Cup tie with Shrewsbury.
Moyes said: “I don’t think we showed any quality.
“And the biggest disappointment is I didn’t think we showed enough steel.
“When you come to places like this, you have to show yourself physically, that you can battle and compete.
“I didn’t think we did that at all and that was the worst thing about it.”