Nottingham Forest are ready to take a financial hit and offload Jonjo Shelvey during the summer transfer window. The midfielder only arrived at the City Ground in January but he’s had a disagreement with Steve Cooper.
The 31-year-old was identified as someone who could come in and give Forest an injection of experience. Instead, he’s proved more of a hindrance to the team and wasn’t involved during the final seven games.
Although Shelvey was spotted celebrating with his teammates after they secured Premier League survival against Arsenal, all is now well. Now, The Mirror claim that the Reds will look to offload Shelvey before next season begins.
Getting rid of the player won’t be an easy thing to do, however. He signed a deal worth £65,000-a-week in January and will have two years to run on his existing deal at the City Ground.
Shelvey made eight appearances for Forest. He made a couple of high-profile errors, giving away a penalty against Everton and also making a comical mistake in the 2-0 defeat against Aston Villa.
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Now, the club want to get rid of him this summer. It looks as though the club have accepted it was a mistake to sign him and in hindsight, adding the player has proved a big mistake.
Forest want Shelvey to leave this summer
Wanting to offload Shelvey and actually managing to do it will be two different things. The real challenge is to persuade a team to take a chance on him when in reality he’s done very little for Forest.
Shelvey doesn’t have the kind of attitude that Cooper looks to have within his squad. That much was evident when the player refused to take a place on the bench for a 3-2 defeat over Liverpool in April.
To fall out with Cooper takes some doing. He’s one of the most respected characters within the professional game, yet remarkably Shelvey has managed it.
Getting rid of Shelvey is something that most fans would get behind. Given how tough it could prove, however, it remains to be seen whether the club can get it pulled off this summer.