Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey ‘close to sealing shock on Besiktas’

Jonjo Shelvey is on the verge of joining Dele Alli’s nightmare in Turkey – as the Newcastle midfielder ‘close to a shock move to Besiktas’ after an injury-prone season at Tyneside.

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is reportedly close to sealing a move to Turkish club Besiktas.

The 30-year-old is currently out of action with a calf injury and has fallen down the pecking order at Newcastle, raising serious doubts about his future.

A move to Turkey would see Shelvey join forces with Everton loanee Dele Alli – who is having a nightmare at Besiktas.

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is reportedly close to sealing a shock move to Besiktas

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is reportedly close to sealing a shock move to Besiktas

A move to Turkey would see Shelvey join the struggling Dele Alli, who is having a nightmare at Besiktas

A move to Turkey would see Shelvey join the struggling Dele Alli, who is having a nightmare at Besiktas

According to Spor Arena, Besiktas is in talks with Newcastle and Shelvey over a potential move from St James’ Park.

Talks are understood to have been positive despite the midfielder being out injured until late February or March.

There has been much speculation about Shelvey’s future at Newcastle and with the Magpies continuing to spend heavily, the 30-year-old, out of contract in the summer, could decide to leave to find minutes elsewhere.

If Shelvey joins Besiktas, he will hope it goes better than Alli’s time in Turkey.

It was a miserable time for the former Tottenham star as Alli struggled to impress despite the fanfare that greeted his arrival and only made 10 appearances for the club.

Shelvey fell through the pecking order at St James' Park and is currently out with a calf injury

Shelvey fell through the pecking order at St James’ Park and is currently out with a calf injury

Besiktas is reportedly looking to send Alli back to Everton due to his struggles – but a return seems unlikely as there is no rest clause in his loan deal.

The Turkish giants hope Shelvey will have a more positive impact should he decide to leave St James’ Park.

Newcastle continue to invest in their squad with Eddie Howe, sporting director Dan Ashworth and recruiting chief Steve Nickson creating a shortlist of targets that Sportsmail understand includes Chelsea’s Jorginho.

Leicester’s Youri Tielemans has been a long-time target and remains of interest, but younger names are also in the frame.

France Under-21 midfielders Khéphren Thuram from Nice and Kouadio Koné from Borussia Mönchengladbach – both 21 – have received enthusiastic reports from Newcastle’s scouting department. Chelsea are also keen on this pair.

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