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.

Despite Shelvey’s numerous attitude and temperament issues, the former Swansea midfielder finds himself on Moyes’ wish-list for his January rebuild.

Shelvey has been sent off twice already this season, and is no longer considered a guaranteed starter at St James Park. However, his passing ability and aggression in the middle of the park would prove to be valuable for the Hammers.

With Amanda Staveley’s takeover still not having gone through for Newcastle 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 Swansea for him two years ago, especially if they do consider selling to a direct rival.

Shelvey has shown that he has untapped potential throughout his career, and maybe David Moyes could be the man to break through.

The Hammers’ have also looked at Bournemouth’s Harry Arter and Stoke’s Joe Allen as potential long term replacements for Mark Noble.