David Moyes is lining up a shock move for Newcastle’s mercurial midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, according to a Mirror exclusive.

Moyes is believed to be desperate to strengthen his midfield in the January transfer window as he looks to boost the Hammers’ chances of survival this season.

With the long-term future of Mark Noble in mind, Jonjo Shelvey is one key name that features highly on Moyes’ list.

Since signing for the Magpies in 2016 from Swansea, Shelvey has shown that he has untapped potential, but he has yet to hit full stride for Rafa Benitez’ side.

The former Liverpool and Swansea midfielder has already been sent off twice this season, and is now seen by a large section of the North East club’s fan base as a liability, due to his persistent temperament issues.

When not suspended, Shelvey has struggled to maintain a regular place in Newcastle’s starting line-up, and with Amanda Staveley’s takeover still not having gone through for the club just yet, the Magpies could be tempted to sell Shelvey in order to raise funds for transfers.

Newcastle would presumably want to make back much of the £12million that they paid for him if he is to leave Tyneside in January.