Newcastle Close To Second Deal – Favorites To Sign Englishman

Henri Saivet is on Tyneside right now and taking a medical and if everything goes OK with that – it looks like the 9 times capped Senegal International versatile midfielder will be a Newcastle player – for a fee of around £4.5M.

And more good news in the Mail today that Newcastle now look favorites to beat Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew to the £12M acquisition of Swansea’s English International midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

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Jonjo Shelvey – said to prefer Newcastle

These are the two players the Chronicle mentioned this morning that Newcastle will try to sign this week – and it looks like we may even do that – but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

It seems the good news is that Shelvey likes the idea of working with Steve McClaren at Newcastle – so that’s good to hear – and he’s been told he will given a free role in central midfield and help provide the creative spark for Newcastle.

So he will get plenty of playing time and an opportunity to perhaps even make the England squad for the Euro 2016 final in France in June.

Newcastle will offer Shelvey a deal that will be four and a half years – through to June of 2020, and Shelvey has already made the decision that it is the right time to move on from Swansea, where he’s been since the summer of 2013 when he signed on from Liverpool for £5M.

Shelvey seems to have had a change of heart and now believes Steve McClaren will give him more of a chance to express himself and have a more creative role at Newcastle than he would have got with Alan Pardew.

It had been reported Shelvey would like to return to London but maybe that was just the London press expressing their own views.

Pardew did give Jonjo his football debut when he was manager of Charlton Athletic, and the player made his debut in April 2008 against Barnsley, and became Charlton’s youngest-ever player at the age of 16 years and 59 days.

At Swansea Shelvey played 95 times for the south Wales club with 10 goals and 18 assists.

Jonjo would be an excellent addition to the Newcastle midfield and would provide some creativity – plus he hasn’t got too bad a shot either.

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