West Ham offered Newcastle Carroll-Shelvey swap deal

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United’s Premier League rivals United offered the club a stunning swap deal including Andy Carroll and Jonjo Shelvey, according to The Chronicle.

The newspaper claims that the Hammers floated the idea of a Carroll for Shelvey switch, but that it was flatly rejected by Rafael Benitez’s side.

The Daily Mail reported earlier this month that the East London club are interested in signing the former Swansea City man, while Carroll was linked with a £2million move to by The Sun on Monday.

Carroll is a former player, of course, and his contract with is up at the end of the season, while Shelvey has been struggling for game time recently due to injury.


Thank goodness that rejected this proposed deal. Carroll for Shelvey is like trading a cart horse for a thoroughbred racehorse. The former seems to have plummeted to new lows with his atrocious miss in West Ham’s defeat to  on Saturday, while the latter – although currently injured – possesses game-changing quality. The emergence of Sean Longstaff and the fine form – pre Asian Cup – of Ki Sung-yueng may make it difficult for Shelvey to get back in the team upon his return from injury. However, to consider casting him aside would be madness, especially for a past-his-best frontman like Carroll. The Englishman did enjoy huge success on Tyneside, but that was a long time ago. He’s not the same player anymore and, besides, the already have a battering ram-type in Salomon Rondon. No, this deal is best left well alone from a Newcastle perspective.

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