Sky Sports News is reporting that Swansea have agreed to sell Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle United for a fee in the region of £12M.
And they are also reporting that the England international midfielder is expected in Newcastle for his medical today.
Sky Spots are usually a reliable outlet, especially where Newcastle are concerned as they are one of the club´s preferred media partners.
Jonjo Shelvey – expected in Newcastle today for medical
It looks like Newcastle had a £10M offer for Shelvey turned down yesterday by Swansea and owner Mike Ashley approved a £2M increase to quickly tie up the deal for the England International.
The news yesterday was that Newcastle had beaten Crystal Palace to the player and that he wanted to join Newcastle after head coach Steve McClaren had talked to him about the role he wanted him to play on Tyneside.
Only yesterday Swansea let it be known they would be willing to accept offers for their central midfielder and it looks like Newcastle have moved extremely quickly to tie up the deal.
There was also news over the weekend that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was willing to shell out the money to ensure Shelvey became a Newcastle player.
Jonjo is a player Steve McClaren wanted at Newcastle, so if this deal goes through that would also be a good thing.
When a player goes for a medical, the transfer fee and personal terms are usually already agreed to, and it tends to become a formality – as long as the player passes the medical.
It could be that Shelvey becomes the second player in as many days to sign for the famous Tyneside club, after an exuberant Henri Saivet signed on last night from Bordeaux.
It would be great news if the Shelvey deal goes through and it would help raise the spirits of long-suffering Newcastle fans everywhere.
The other positive if this deal goes through is that it sends a message to other potential Newcastle transfer targets – that the club is serious about building a team that can survive in the Premier League this season and move forward next season to bigger and better things.
We hope that turns out to be true – it´s been a very tough last 13 months.