West Ham United have moved closer to completing the signing of Jonjo Shelvey from Newcastle United, according to an exclusive report by The Daily Express.

West Ham are desperate to bring in a new central midfielder this summer and Shelvey is one of David Moyes’ top targets.

Other possible options include Stoke City’s Joe Allen, Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi, Sporting CP’s William Carvalho, Watford’s Etienne Capoue Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin and Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker.

But West Ham have taken a step closer towards snapping up Shelvey.

Negotiations over the £12m signing of the 25-year-old have progressed between the two clubs and West Ham are just waiting for Newcastle to sign a replacement before they sanction the deal.

Shelvey, who was born in East London, spent some time at the West Ham academy when he was a child and he was a boyhood West Ham fan.

The 6-cap England international is thought to be pushing for a move to the London Stadium.

In his career so far, the central midfielder has played for Charlton Athletic, Liverpool, Swansea City and Newcastle United, racking up 157 Premier League appearances in that time.

With Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang dipping in and out of form and Mark Noble suffering a few injuries, Shelvey is expected to add a different element in the middle of the park.