Nottingham Forest have received interest in Jonjo Shelvey from several clubs in the Championship this summer. However, there does appear to be a stumbling block in any attempt made by the Reds to offload the midfielder.
According to Darren Witcoop from Reach PLC, there is interest emerging in the 31-year-old. The player has trained with the B-Team this summer as he bids to keep himself fit ahead of a move away from the City Ground.
Shelvey joined Forest in the January transfer window. He didn’t cost the club a transfer fee but made just eight appearances for the club before a disagreement with Steve Cooper saw him banished from the senior ranks.
The experienced performer became unhappy ahead of a game at Liverpool in April. Despite producing an unbelievable error against Aston Villa in the game previous, he was disappointed at Cooper leaving him out of the starting eleven at Anfield.
On that occasion, Cooper was pushed to the brink. He didn’t put Shelvey in his squad at all for the game at Liverpool and hasn’t called upon him ever since.
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Now, Shelvey is available for transfer. Although enquiries have been forthcoming, it does look as though getting rid of him could prove tricky this month.
Forest receive interest in Shelvey but stumbling block remains
Earlier this summer, there was a bit of interest from Sheffield United. Now, however, they will surely go for other options after selling a few players and having some money to spend.
The big stumbling block is the player’s salary. He collects a whopping £75,000-a-week at the City Ground and clearly, that’s a huge problem for clubs in the Championship.
The Reds need to get rid of several players before the window closes. The squad is still quite bloated and it would appear that players will leave before more come in.
It would be great to get Shelvey away from the wage bill this month. Doing so might prove tricky though and hopefully the club will learn from the disastrous nature of this January deal.