Newcastle have agreed a fee in the region of £12m to sign out of favour Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. Shelvey was a vital part of Swansea’s midfield last season but has been relegated to the substitutes’ bench for a major part of this season.
New boss Alan Curtis, meanwhile, admitted on Monday that Swansea would consider selling Shelvey this month, though he said he is unaware of any firm offer being tabled.
“I know there’s been inquiries for Jonjo, but I don’t think there’s been any firm offers for him,” Curtis said. “If a firm offer comes in for him then it’s something the club would probably consider.” Newcastle’s offer seems to be firm as a deal has been agreed for the midfielder.
The former Liverpool man returned for the FA Cup defeat to Oxford on Sunday but it did more harm than good for Shelvey as he appeared to be involved in an angry confrontation with a fan.
Shelvey is himself desperate to leave Swansea but that has not stopped Swansea from demanding a fee in excess of £10m. Shelvey had signed for Swansea from Liverpool for £5m and Swansea have done some great business.
Shelvey started most games for Garry Monk but under Alan Curtis Shelvey has played just 74 minutes of Premier League football. Newcastle manager was very keen on signing Shelvey and he has successfully managed to convince the Magpies board to sanction the transfer. Crystal Palace were also keen on Shelvey but Alan Pardew’s former club have beaten them to his signature.
Newcastle are in a gruesome battle for survival and are currently lying 18th in the Barclays Premier League table. Its now or never for Steve Mclaren as he looks to avoid relegation in his first season as Newcastle boss. Shelvey,who has been capped 6 times by England, will be having his Newcastle medical later today.