Nottingham Forest midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has emerged as a shock transfer target for Sheffield United. The Blades are keen to sign the Reds outcast as they look to prepare for life back in the Premier League.
Shelvey checked in at Forest from Newcastle in January 2023. He’s made just eight appearances and was reported to have been upset with Steve Cooper after being omitted from the starting eleven for the Liverpool game in April.
Now, according to The Mirror, his future is uncertain. Forest are keen to offload him this month, with Sheffield United keen to pounce. The Blades will meet Forest at the City Ground on August 18th.
Shelvey was a pretty strange signing made by Forest. He had hardly played any senior football for around 12 months at Newcastle and the Reds weren’t exactly short of midfielder players.
Shelvey played eight times for Forest and was extremely underwhelming. He gave away a penalty in a 2-2 draw against Everton; whilst he was also at fault for the first goal in a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa.
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Sheffield United are blessed with an embarrassment of riches. They will have to cut their cloth accordingly this season and now they fancy taking a chance on the out of favour Shelvey.
It’s claimed that the player is on £60,000-a-week at the City Ground. That could be out of United’s budget and it will be interesting to see what can be done to work around that for a deal to be secured.
Sheffield United want Forest outcast Shelvey
This would be quite remarkable. The relationship between Forest and United fans has always been patchy. This, however, might make things a lot smoother if the Blades fancy taking Shelvey!
Forest fans can’t wait to see the back of him. They were tired of his dreadful performances and furthermore, his attitude proved questionable at best during his time at the City Ground.
Shelvey wasn’t even on the bench for Forest yesterday. The Reds began their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 win over Notts County at Meadow Lane.
At 31-years-old, Forest probably shouldn’t have signed Shelvey in the first place. Now, he has a decision to make, with United seemingly set to offer him the chance to play regular football again next season.
Hopefully, a deal can be struck with Forest for Shelvey. Then, this whole escapade can be parked and the midfielder can be filed under ‘didn’t work out’ and everyone can move on.